fabric painting - stamping on tea towel

No 36 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 4 – Stamping

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

We are still busy learning more about the relaxation method

Fabric Colouring-in Design

which combines the positive features of adult colouring books and fabric painting:

  • the flexibility and easiness of colouring books
  • with the higher creativity levels of fabric painting.

We continue to work with our list of different methods of transferring drawings and designs on fabric items (see post No 33).

After having discussed two methods already – using templates to trace designs (see post No 33), and using stencils to transfer patterns (see post No 34) –

we today focus on another way to realize design ideas on fabric:

Using stamps for transferring patterns and illustrations onto fabric

Stamps can be used on different types of fabric. And they are very easy to work with.

They allow us to cover large areas of fabric with patterns and illustrations very quickly and very easily. Then we can colour-in the patterns and illustrations to create individual and colourful designs.

We can buy ready-made stamps, and choose from a very broad range of different types and sizes.

And we can also create our own stamps which can be great fun as it allows us to give our projects a very individual touch (and look).

Some examples:
Using a ready-made stamp on a tote bag with thick fabric paint, colouring-in with textile markers

 

Using a ready-made stamp on a t-shirt with thick fabric paint, colouring-in also with fabric paint and paint brush
fabric painting - stamping on t-shirt
post 36 – fabric colouring-in design No 4 – stamping patterns on t-shirt
fabric painting - stamping on t-shirt
post 36 – fabric colouring-in design No 4 – stamping patterns on t-shirt, colouring in with thick paint and paint brush
fabric painting - stamping pattern on t-shirt
post 36 – colouring-in design idea No 4 – stamping on t-shirt, colouring-in with paint brush and thick fabric paints, finally sprayed with fabric spray
Using a self-made stamp on a tea towel with thick paint, colouring-in with textile markers
fabric painting - stamping on tea towel
post 36 – colouring-in design idea No 4 – stamping on tea towel, self-made stamp, colouring-in with textile markers
Working with stamps on fabrics

is real fun, and creating our own stamps is very creative.

And full of surprises because quite often the end product very much differs from the planned design. 🙂

We will definitely come back to this subject at a later point in time and will discuss the stamping method in more detail.

 

Summary/evaluation of today’s fabric colouring-in design example projects:
  • Using stamps to transfer patterns and illustrations onto fabric allows us to produce even difficult and delicate drawings and shapes with ease.
  • We usually apply thick fabric paint on the stamp which means that we need a proper working area for the stamping and the drying processes.
  • But colouring-in the often delicate ornamental designs is easier done with fabric markers and this can be done anywhere, we just have to take the textile markers with us and our fabric item with the stamped design on it.

 

Next time (Post No 38), we will start to create colouring-in designs on fabric without using a tool such as a stencil or stamp.

As free-hand drawings of patterns and illustrations are not that easy, we will begin with using templates from adult colouring books which we will try to reproduce free-handedly.

 

Enjoy your fabric painting and colouring-in projects!

And think about sharing your experiences by sending images of your work to margot@your-colourful-mind.com  🙂 .

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13 thoughts on “No 36 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 4 – Stamping”

  1. Hi Margot,

    I like the edgy industrial look from your self-made stamps. Well-done!

    Best Ferdie

  2. Hi,
    thank you for sharing ideas. I bought stamps some time ago but never used them. But now I decided to use them for printing on fabric. Might send an image.

    1. Hi Elsa,
      thanks for your feedback! And, yes, please send some images of your fabric stamping project! Have fun!
      Margot

      1. Sorry, Elisa! I’ve just realized that I got a typo in your name. That will not happen again! 🙂

  3. I have two children, 8 and 5 years old. Would love to organize some fabric stamping projects with them but don’t wish to buy stamps. I’m afraid of letting them work with knives and other sharp tools. How can we create our own stamps?

    1. Hi Alice,
      luckily, there are many different ways to create stamps without having to use a knife or other dangerous tools.
      Please, visit my Pinterest board “fabric painting – stamping” (https://au.pinterest.com/MargotColour/fabric-painting-stamping/) where I’ve collected stamping ideas from many different sources. E.g., creating bottlecap stamps or producing fruits and vegetables stamps.
      It is fascinating how creative it can be to develop ideas for stamps!
      I would be happy to publish images of your stamps-projects on our website. Please, share your experiences with us. 🙂
      Margot

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