PRINTING ON FABRIC:
A relaxing and creative way of pattern and design production
Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
In Post No 74 we started our discussion on fabric stamping.
After answering the question “What is fabric stamping?”, we worked on a project using simple-object stamps.
Today I will present another easy-going stamping project.
But first we have a look at the different ways of stamp production, ordered according to the complexity of the production process.
Categories of stamp production
Using commercial stamps
This, of course, is the absolute easiest way to get a stamp: we just go and buy one.
And there is nothing wrong with that:
- Many craft shops have a good selection of stamps which are not only suitable for printing on paper but also for fabric stamping.
- And, as self-made stamps, commercial stamps, too, give us huge creative freedom. Experimenting with different patterns and various colour combinations is real fun, and the results are always unique and special.
One example can be seen in Post No 36 where we applied a small pre-made stamp on a t-shirt and then coloured-in the triangular pattern.
Using simple objects as stamps
This is the easiest method of stamp-self-creation.
It’s also very cheap because we take objects we find in the house or garden and use them as stamps.
The only precondition is that these objects have a flat and even surface which is suitable to be loaded with paint:
In Post No 74 we used bottle caps, eraser tips and cardboard rolls to print circular patterns on a t-shirt.
We also worked with eraser tips (Post No 73) to print a dotted Australian map.
Eraser stamps (uncarved)
Erasers are perfect if we wish to carve a stamp. But we can also use them directly as stamps.
That’s what we will do in today’s project.
Creating composed stamps
If we decide to produce a composed stamp, we use a cardboard, plastic or acrylic sheet or similar materials as a stamp base.
We attach little objects on or around the stamp base which allows us to produce interesting patterns.
Next time, we plan to work with composed stamps.
Creating cut stamps
Sheets of craft foam or thick cardboard are easy-to-handle materials and very suitable for the creation of stamps.
Pre-cut foam shapes make the process even easier.
Rubber blocks can also be cut into simple shapes which then are usable as stamps.
We will present some stamp-cutting projects soon.
Creating carved stamps
Carving rubber blocks or linoleum sheets is practiced by many high-profile artists.
But we don’t need a special carving talent to produce very interesting stamps.
It just needs some practice and experimenting.
A good idea is to start with carving erasers and to focus on simple and clear patterns first.
We will go through many different carving project examples, learning-by-doing.
Organizing, producing and applying stamps offers a broad range of opportunities to develop our creativity.
It’s real fun, it can even become addictive! (That’s what Jaypi said when she sent in her design contribution recently. See Post No 75)
Now we have a look at two projects which use erasers for the stamping process.
Fabric stamping idea:
Using different eraser shapes for fabric stamping
Depending on the shape of an eraser, its different sides can work together to offer us unlimited pattern-creation options.
Here are some examples of eraser-delivered prints:
A rectangular rubber eraser, for example, has three differently sized sides which means we can use one eraser to get three different print shapes:
Whenever we go shopping for office materials, we should have an open eye for differently shaped and sized erasers.
In the next project, I used an eraser which had one rounded side.
After some experimenting on a piece of paper, I decided to glue two of these erasers back-to-back.
I then attached them on a cardboard stamp base which made it easier to handle them during the printing process.
Next time, when we start working with composed stamps, our first project will be about a stamp which is composed of four identical erasers.
Which types of stamps do you prefer? Do you use commercial stamps or do you create your own?
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