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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.)

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Cheers,

Margot

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