I have finally got back into printing fabric, its only been, oh, 10 years since I completed my degree in printed surface design… A few things got in the way (ahem..) but the urge to print has finally returned! I thought I would share an example of how to make your own stamps. Fabric printing is such fun and the results are pretty instantaneous and so satisfying, and you can achieve great results without the need to buy expensive equipment. But of course it doesn’t have to be limited to fabric, paper is just as satisfying to print onto and great to do with kids too.
For the stamps you will need:
- blocks of wood, bottles tops, corks or other material to stick your stamps onto (get creative and look in your recycling!)
- craft foam
- a pen
- craft knife and/or scissors
- strong glue (glue gun or craft glue)
- cutting board (if using craft knife)
Cut out your shapes. For complicated shapes, you can draw your design on paper first, cut it out then trace around it onto your craft foam.
Glue down your shapes.
To print your stamps you will need:
- fabric paint (I used fastex)
- plate/pallet or similar for mixing colours on
- sponge or sponge dabber
- something to mix paints with e.g paintbrush or small spoon
- for larger quantities of mixed fabric paint you may want to store leftovers in a clean lidded jam jar or tub.
- masking tape
- suitable printing surface*
*I will be adding another tutorial on how to create a printing surface. For small scale projects you can just masking tape your fabric to a table, but bear in mind that the ink make sink through to the table.
Testing out the stamps on paper or smaller scraps of fabric first is a great idea…! It will save you wasting your chosen fabric as the stamp may print differently to how you imagined and it takes a few goes to get the pressure right. Also it will give you a chance to see if the colour you have chosen is correct.
Have fun! x