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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.)

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Cheers,

Margot

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