Fabric Stamping

 

Every once in a while - when the planets align - DIY projects have been known to, on occasion, turn out even better than could've been hoped for.

This was actually one of those times.

 
 

Once the fabric was dyed (and then re-dyed a smidge darker), I carved up a few different triangle stamps.

Even though they're all about the same size, I decided to do three different triangles to add a little variety. Spice of life, et cetera.

 
 

I stamped with Super Opaque White Versatex Printing Ink by Jacquard. Even though the ink is very viscous, it doesn't feel crunchy once it's on the fabric like some inks do.

The only downside to this ink is that it needs to be set according to the directions - either with heat, or with the fixative.

 
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There's two main ways to apply the ink to the stamp: either use the brayer to apply the ink directly to the stamp, giving a smoother and more uniform application, or using the brayer to apply the ink to a palette or board and then using that rather like a stamp pad to pick up the ink from, giving the more striped look you see above. I switched back and forth between the two. I find that the imperfect stamping plus the uneven dyeing gives a lovely organic look to the whole thing.

 
 

Once I was done, I sewed all of my fabric into a (very informal) cushion cover for my built-in window seat in the studio! I won't even try to write up a tutorial for that - check out this one instead.

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