Category Archives: Series – fabric painting techniques

All posts on different fabric painting techniques which have been published on the website “Your Colourful Mind” so far.

No 101 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 17

How to create colourful designs on fabric? – Let stamps, stencils and sprays work together – they’ll do the job!

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

This is the last post in our stamping series.

It’s also the last project in our little series about a set of self-carved rubber stamps. (See Posts No 97, No 98 and No 99.)

Project series – Using round self-carved rubber stamps to create various unique designs

Part 4 – Stencilling, spraying and stamping – in one project.

I had a lot of fun with this project which combined the use of stamps, simple stencils and fabric spray paint.

My supplies for this project:

a T-shirt, the set of round stamps (see above), some round cardboard pieces, fabric spray paints, a sponge brush and fabric paints.

First I arranged and flattened the T-shirt on an old blanket. Then I distributed the round cardboard pieces on the T-shirt.

fabric painting - preparing the spraying
fabric painting – preparing the spraying

Now I started spraying over the T-shirt, using different colours of fabric spray paint.

fabric painting - spraying and stencilling
fabric painting – spraying and stencilling

When I lifted my simple mask-stencils after the spraying, they had left clear blank spots on the fabric.

fabric painting - after the spraying
fabric painting – after the spraying

The final working step was using the stamp set to create colourful round prints over the stencilled (unpainted) areas.

fabric painting - printing with self-carved stamp
fabric painting – printing with self-carved stamp

Have a look at the final result – I love this colourful T-shirt and wear it a lot!

fabric painting - stamping, stencilling and spraying on T-shirt
fabric painting – stamping, stencilling and spraying on T-shirt

 

Now, that we are at the end of our stamping series – What do you think about it? Have you started to work on your own projects? Do you use pre-made stamps and do you prefer to create your own stamps?

I’d love to hear about your experiences. Share images of your work with us, send them via email! (margot@your-colourful-mind.com)

If you haven’t started working with stamps yet,

you can give it a try with this easy-to-do fun-project – NOW!

This little tutorial will help you to get started.

 CLICK HERE to download it, FOR FREE.

 

 

 

 

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Cheers,

Margot

No 99 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 16

Never throw away your self-carved rubber stamps! – You can use them again and again.

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

This is the second-last post in our stamping series.

We’ve gone a long way since we started with the first project in Post No 74!

We discussed many different ways of stamp production and worked on numerous stamping projects:

  • We worked with commercial pre-made stamps,
  • we used everyday items to print on fabric,
  • and we learnt how to compose, cut and carve our own stamps.

Have a look at the overview of all stamp production categories in Post No 92, it helps to remember all our different projects.

Or visit the stamping ‘department’ in the project gallery.

The project today is also the second-last project in our little series which focused on using one single set of self-carved rubber stamps. (see Post No 97 and No 98).

Project series – Using round self-carved rubber stamps to create various unique designs

Part 3 – Colourful fashion design

Last time we saw how effective and successful teamwork in fabric-painting projects can be.

Today we’ll see that the stamp-set copes well with the challenge of printing larger fabric items.

My sister fall in love with the set of carved stamps during our last project. She decided to use the stamps again to create a colourful design on a plain light-coloured dress.

These are the stamps she used:

stamping project - the stamps to be used on the reverse side
stamping project – the stamps to be used on the reverse side

 

Working on a bigger piece of fabric can be a bit challenging.

My sister wanted to print on both sides of the dress and she decided to use two different colours.

  • So she had to plan the design and the distribution of the prints before she started printing.
  • And during the printing she had to work carefully to get smooth and fluent colour-transitions, on the front and on the back side of the dress.

She protected the upper part of the dress from paint splashes and drops by covering it with a plastic sheet.

Then she started printing on the lower part, loading all stamps with red paint.

fabric painting - printing with self-carved stamps 1
fabric painting – printing with self-carved stamps 1

This worked well. She now printed on the upper part, with blue paint.

fabric painting - printing with self-carved stamps 2
fabric painting – printing with self-carved stamps 2

Finally, she had to stamp the area between the red and the blue prints.

fabric painting - printing with self-carved stamps 3
fabric painting – printing with self-carved stamps 3

Then she had to let dry the paints on the front, before she could repeat the process on the reverse side of the dress.

This is the final result, she managed the print and colour transitions on both sides very well!

fabric painting - design-printing on dress with self-carved stamps
fabric painting – design-printing on dress with self-carved stamps

Next time, I’ll present another way of using the set of self-carved stamps. I’ll combine the stamp-printing with some stencilling and spraying in one project.

What do you think about our stamping series? Have you started to work on your own projects? Do you use pre-made stamps or do you prefer to create your own stamps?

I’d love to hear about your experiences. Share images of your work with us, send them via email! (margot@your-colourful-mind.com)

If you haven’t work with stamps yet,

you can give it a try with this easy-to-do fun-project – now!

This little tutorial will help you to get started. –  CLICK HERE to download it, FOR FREE.

Don’t miss any project presentation or information about fabric painting techniques: SIGN UP TO MY BLOG TO RECEIVE A SHORT EMAIL WHENEVER A NEW POST IS PUBLISHED.

Cheers,

Margot

No 98 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 15

Reworking a finished project – Teamwork can make something good even better.

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Today, we’ll continue to work with the new set of rubber stamps which I introduced last time.

Having finished the test project on fabric, I now planned to use the stamps again in a more demanding project.

Today’s project confirms two different experiences I’ve made several times while working on a fabric painting project:

  • Never expect a project to be completely finished. It might happen that more colours and/or design details have to be added to make it better.
  • Share your projects and your supplies with other fabric-painters – this will increase the fun and might lead to unexpected results.

Project series – Using round self-carved rubber stamps to create various unique designs

Part 2 – A teamwork project

Playing around with the new stamp set in the test project had helped me to get a good feeling of its design-creation potential.

I felt optimistic and thought that I would easily be able to create a nice T-shirt for my sister.

And I actually had a good start.

Again, as in the test project, I used the new stamp-set and the old simple round stamp.

fabric stamping - the stamps to be used in test project
fabric stamping – the stamps to be used in test project

And the stamping went well:

stamping project - loading the stamps with paint
stamping project – loading the stamps with paint

I really liked the final result!

stamping project - final result number 1
stamping project – final result number 1

But my sister was not so impressed. 🙁 She thought it could look brighter and more colourful.

Fortunately, my sister is an enthusiastic fabric painter, too. And having her around for some days allowed me to lean back and let her do the work. 🙂

She chose an additional fabric paint and also used the round sponge brush to directly stamp on the fabric.

stamping project - adding some colour and prints
stamping project – adding some colour and prints

This is how her final result looked like. Yes, I had to admit: much brighter and more colourful!

stamping project - final result number 2
stamping project – final result number 2

And, as my sister was ‘in a flow’ now, she didn’t stop but continued printing on the reverse side of the T-shirt.

This time she decided to work with only two stamps of the new set and to use additionally two of my older stamps. And brought a second colour – red – into the game.

stamping project - the stamps to be used on the reverse side
stamping project – the stamps to be used on the reverse side

I like it!

stamping project - final result number 3
stamping project – final result number 3

We had much fun together and learned from each other. I, for example, had never thought about using the sponge brush as a stamp!

My sister, too, enjoyed the project. She went off to buy a dress and the next day started a new project. With the same stamps!

Next time, you’ll see how that project worked out. 🙂

What are your experiences with team-working in fabric-painting projects? I’d love to hear about it, send an email! (margot@your-colourful-mind.com)

Get deeper into fabric stamping. Learn more about carving your own stamps.

A big part of the soon coming book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric stamping – Your fast & easy guide, number 3 – Stamping’ focuses on carving projects.

It’s the third book in my series about fabric painting and will be published soon. (Click on this link for more information about the book series.)

Download your warm-up stamping-tutorial. For free.

But you don’t have to wait until the stamping-book is released. Start your stamping career with an easy-to-do fun-project – NOW!

This little tutorial will help you to get started, CLICK HERE to download it, FOR FREE.

Don’t miss any project presentation or information on the new fabric-painting book series: SIGN UP TO MY BLOG TO RECEIVE A SHORT EMAIL WHENEVER A NEW POST IS PUBLISHED.

Cheers,

Margot

No 97 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 14

Carving rubber stamps – It’s worth the effort! – Simple carved stamps can become powerful design-creators in numerous projects.

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

In post No 92 – part 11 of our stamping-series – I presented an overview list of the categories of stamp production, and all the stamping projects we have worked on so far.

Categories of stamp production

  • Using commercial (pre-made) stamps
  • Using simple objects as stamps
  • Creating composed stamps
  • Creating cut stamps
  • Creating carved stamps

Today we’ll start to discuss the final project in the stamping series.

It’s actually not just one single project I wish to talk about but a little series of projects, all using one small set of self-carved stamps to create very different designs.

Project series – Using round self-carved rubber stamps to create various unique designs

Part 1 – Stamp creation and test-project

My idea was – I can’t remember how it came up – to produce a round rubber stamp and cut it into four parts which I could use all together or independently.

I used a pair of compasses to draw circles directly on a thin rubber block.

Then I took a ruler to divide the block into 4 parts, and a ball pen to colour in every second of the arcs the dividing lines had created.

fabric stamping - preparing the carving design on rubber block
fabric stamping – preparing the carving design on rubber block

The carving was not difficult as I only had to work along the lines:

Fabric stamping - carving the design on rubber block
Fabric stamping – carving the design on rubber block

The next step was to cut off the outside areas of the rubber block which I didn’t need:

fabric stamping - cutting off not needed areas of rubber block
fabric stamping – cutting off not needed areas of rubber block

Then I did some test prints on paper.

  • Having cut the stamp into 4 parts instead of using it as a whole enabled me to use different colours in one print.
  • And having done the colouring-in in each quarter of the circle in a contrasting way, I was now able to use one part of the stamp to print over the print of one of the other parts. This didn’t work out very accurately but it still brought additional colour into the picture.
fabric stamping - test prints on paper
fabric stamping – test prints on paper

I decided to do some further test-printing, now on a tea towel, and to use the new set of stamps together with another one, a simple round rubber stamp:

fabric stamping - the stamps to be used in test project
fabric stamping – the stamps to be used in test project

A little round sponge brush helped me to load the stamps with the fabric paint.

fabric stamping - loading the stamps with paint
fabric stamping – loading the stamps with paint

And it worked!

Playing around with the different parts of the new stamp set was fun!

And I realized how flexible all parts could be used. I even printed with the back side – the un-carved side – of the new stamps.

fabric stamping - test project - printing on tea towel
fabric stamping – test project – printing on tea towel

I now felt well prepared to start working on more challenging and exciting projects.

Next time I’ll show you some of the results.

Are you curious now to learn more about stamp-carving?

A big part of the soon coming book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric stamping – Your fast & easy guide, number 3 – Stamping’ focuses on carving projects.

It’s the third book in my series about fabric painting and will be published soon.

But you don’t have to wait until the stamping-book is published. Start your stamping career with an easy-to-do fun-project – NOW!

Free Download Stamping Tutorial
Free Download Stamping Tutorial

This little tutorial will help you to get started, CLICK HERE to download it, FOR FREE.

And have fun!

Cheers,

Margot

No 94 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 13

Another successful cooperation of our two stamp-friends – using their positive and negative sides to create something new and nice.

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

I had so much fun with the two pre-made stamps which I used in the last project that I decided to let them work together in another project.

But this time, it took me several steps to get satisfying results.

Project: Printing with two very similar pre-made stamps

As seen last time, the negative and the positive areas of these two stamps are mirrored by each other:

The positive areas of the left stamp – the areas that stand up and get printed – are the negative – the not printed – areas of the right stamp and vice versa.

fabric painting - the positive of one stamp is the negative of the other
fabric painting – the positive of one stamp is the negative of the other

This means that each stamp’s positive areas can help to cover the negative areas – the not-printed areas – of the other stamp.

This time, I used the two stamps to print on a grey T-shirt.

fabric painting - supplies for a printing project
fabric painting – supplies for a printing project

I started with black fabric paint which I applied to the stamps with the help of a stamp pad.

fabric painting - starting with black prints
fabric painting – starting with black prints

Then I used white fabric paint to add more prints on and around the first ones.

 

This was the result of the first printing-round.

I was not too happy, it looked just grey and colourless. 🙁

post 94 - fabric painting - result of the first printing round
post 94 – fabric painting – result of the first printing round

So I decided to add some purple prints:

post 94 - fabric painting - result of the second printing round
post 94 – fabric painting – result of the second printing round

I was still not impressed. Not colourful enough. 🙁

The next step didn’t make it better. I used a simple rectangular stamp to bring more colour in, but the prints came out very pale. 🙁

post 94 - fabric painting - result of the third printing round
post 94 – fabric painting – result of the third printing round

I tried to make them stronger by using a paint brush to apply the paint directly on the weak prints.

fabric painting - using a paint brush to intensify the prints' colour
fabric painting – using a paint brush to intensify the prints’ colour

 

This is the final result, and – fortunately! 🙂 – I am happy with it! 🙂

post 94 - fabric painting - result of the third printing round
post 94 – fabric painting – result of the third printing round

 

Today’s project shows why we should never give up too early if the results of a fabric painting project are not satisfying.

There is nearly always the chance to move on, to continue with new ideas. Often, adding some more prints or applying another technique is all we need to do the get new and better results.

I very much enjoyed working with pre-made stamps. But now it’s time to get back to continue working with self-made stamps.

I will use the next posts to demonstrate how flexible self-carved stamps can be.

Are you curious to learn more about the stamping process?

You will find a lot of design ideas, instructions and sample project presentations in the new book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric stamping – Your fast & easy guide, number 2 – Stamping’.

It’s the second book in my series about fabric painting and will be published soon. (Click on this link for more information about the book series.)

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you can order a sample tutorial from the stamping book for free. Click HERE to learn more about this offer.

You also might wish to have a ‘Look Inside’ the first book of my guidebook series, The Basics. Click here!

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Cheers,

Margot

No 93 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 12

The positive and the negative – Often they are close friends 🙂 and help each other to create something new.

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Sometimes negative doesn’t mean bad. It’s just the other side of the medal. And it can be necessary to make the picture complete.

This is the case with

The ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ parts of a stamp.

Most cut or carved stamps have positive and negative areas:

The positive area on the stamp’s printing surface is composed of those parts of the stamp material that stand up and therefore take up the paint and get printed.

the positive effect in stamping
the positive effect in stamping

 

The negative area are those parts which were cut or carved away so they don’t take up paint and don’t get printed.

the negative effect in stamping
the negative effect in stamping

 

Project: Combining the positive and the negative

In this project, I worked with two stamps which really fitted well together.

Each of them on its own was able to create nice prints but letting them work as a team helped me to create colourful images by combining their negative and the positive sides.

fabric painting - the positive of one stamp is the negative of the other
fabric painting – the positive of one stamp is the negative of the other

 

The negative and the positive areas of these two stamps are mirrored by each other: The positive areas of the left stamp are the negative areas of the right stamp and vice versa.

First, I used only one of the two stamps to print on a tea towel.

The positive areas – the standing up parts of the stamp – created nice images.

fabric painting - premade stamp on tea towel
fabric painting – premade stamp on tea towel

 

 

post 93 - fabric painting - printing with a premade stamp on a tea towel
post 93 – fabric painting – printing with a premade stamp on a tea towel

Then I took the second stamp and applied it exactly on those parts of the tea towel where I had placed the first stamp’s prints.

The positive parts of the second stamp now nicely covered the negative – not painted areas – of the first stamp.

fabric painting - overprinting the negative with the positive
fabric painting – overprinting the negative with the positive

 

post 93 - fabric painting - cooperation of positive and negative on a tea towel
post 93 – fabric painting – cooperation of positive and negative on a tea towel

Here is another example of the two stamps’ successful cooperation:

post 93 - fabric painting - two premade stamps work together on a tote bag
post 93 – fabric painting – two premade stamps work together on a tote bag

 

It was a lot of fun to work with these two pre-made stamps – so easy and nice to cover the negative of the first with the positive of the second. 🙂

Are you curious to learn more about the stamping process?

You will find a lot of inspirations and guidelines in the  new book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric stamping – Your fast & easy guide, number 2 – Stamping’.

It’s the second book in my series about fabric painting and will be published soon. (Click on this link for more information about the book series.)

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you can order a sample tutorial from the stamping book for free. Click HERE to learn more about this offer.

Don’t miss any project presentation or information on the new fabric painting book series: SIGN UP TO OUR BLOG TO RECEIVE A SHORT EMAIL WHEN A NEW POST IS PUBLISHED.

Cheers,

Margot