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No 81 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 5

Easy, inexpensive and fun:

self-made foam stamps are very flexible printing tools.

 

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

We have made huge progress in our discussion of

Various categories of stamp production:

  • Using commercial stamps
  • Using simple objects as stamps
  • Creating composed stamps
  • Creating cut stamps (see Post No 80 for stamps cut from foam sheets)
  • Creating carved stamps

The recent posts (see posts No 74, 76, 79 and 80) made clear how easy it can be to organize, find or create our own stamps.

At the moment we focus on the forth category of stamp production:

Creating cut stamps

The stamp base

Whenever we use flat materials such as foam or cardboard sheets to cut out pieces which we can use to print designs and patterns, we need a stamp base on which we can stick the loose pieces.

We can use objects such as wood blocks as a stamp base but flat materials such as cork or cardboard sheets are also suitable.

When using flat materials as stamp base, the handling of the stamp is easier, if we glue a self-made handle at the back of the stamp base.

fabric painting - foam stamp on cardboard base with handle at the back
fabric painting – foam stamp on cardboard base with handle at the back

Here, for example, the foam shapes were glued on a flat cardboard stamp base.

On its back a simple handle was attached, also made of cardboard. Now the stamp can be properly placed on the fabric, and can be lifted without slipping and paint-smudging.

Using craft foam sheets to create stamps

The first two projects of self-made foam stamps were presented in the last post; here is another example:

Project 3 – Using differently sized geometric foam shapes to create flexibly usable stamps

Cutting stamps from foam sheets can be very easy.

Here, I draw some lines on a piece of foam and then used a craft knife to cut out the simple geometric shapes.

fabric painting - cutting geometric shapes from foam sheet
fabric painting – cutting geometric shapes from foam sheet

Then I attached the foam shapes with double adhesive tape to cardboard pieces which had the same sizes as the cut foam pieces.

fabric painting - attaching foam shapes on cardboard stamp base
fabric painting – attaching foam shapes on cardboard stamp base

The potential of these so simple geometric stamps is limitless!

This is just one project example:

post 81-fabric painting - printing with self-made geometric foam stamps on t-shirt - 98
post 81-fabric painting – printing with self-made geometric foam stamps on t-shirt – 98

 

The last three projects all belong into our forth category of stamp production, now it’s time to learn more about the fifth category.

We’ll soon begin with our first stamp-carving projects.

Have you ever cut a stamp? Which kind of material did you use? Did everything work according to you plans?

Please, share images of you work with us! (Send them to margot@your-colourful-mind.com).

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Cheers,

Margot

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