2. Now that you’ve got stamps, pick the right paint. You want something designed for fabric – it will adhere better, and stand up to washing. Is your fabric a darker color than your paint? Make sure to get an opaque paint. Read the label! If it doesn’t say it’s opaque, it’s translucent, and the background color will bleed through.
Stamps, check. Paint, check. Now…
3. Assemble a few tools. Foam brushes, a plate to use as a palette, and an old sheet. Fold up the sheet and use it as a slightly padded surface for your fabric – sounds crazy, but it’ll give you a crisper print.
Spoon out some paint, and you’re ready to…
4. KISS THE STAMP! With the ink-laden foam brush, that is. The #1 error that newbie stampers make is overloading their stamp with paint. Stamping is less crisp and more organic than screenprinting, which is part of its charm. But you want an image on your shirt, not a blob!
LESS IS MORE.Lightly smooch the stamp with your foam brush, then firmly press your inked surface to your fabric.
5. Mix and match your stamps. A robot in a flower garden? Why not! Go crazy, and have fun.
6. Yay! Custom print, handmade by you. The only step left is heat-setting your paint. If your item will be washed, it’s essential. Use a press cloth to protect your iron. After your printing is dry (REALLY dry, as in the day after you’ve stamped), iron over your stamped images on the appropriate hot setting for your fabric. Enjoy!
Want to make some stamps? Check out our Stamp Carving class, coming in early November.
I finally started watching Steven Universe. I know, I know. I’m late to the party but I dig the heck out of it. No matter how old I get I’ll still always have a soft spot for magical girl-ish anime. :)
I just finished it with some stamps I made (all the stamps besides the letters inside the wash-tape box) just for fun.