I’ve been experimenting with painting different fabrics lately. Later this week I’m hoping to get some silk painting supplies to play with which I am super excited about. My two favorite things in the world: painting and silk scarves!
Back on topic, my first attempt with printing was for BraveBirdFly’s birthday last year. I made her a kitty shirt!
This isn’t going to be a real tutorial, more of just a rough guide to what I did on my first few tries.
I made a basic shirt out of some nice drapey fabric.
I made a stamp by cutting out a piece of cardboard in the shape I wanted and sticking it to another piece of cardboard.
I tried a few of the inks I had to find the one with the most staying power after washing.
The process was really simple: paint ink on… then stamp!
Because the cardboard absorbs some of the ink each print is a little different and it looks really vintage-y.
After a few test runs I decided on a pattern and stamped away!
Once it was done I ironed it to seal the ink and then washed it to get rid of any ink which didn’t take. Make sure you put it in a load by it’s self so it doesn’t transfer to any other clothes!
I enjoyed this so much that I decided to do something similar for myself. I used an old shirt James didn’t want/would notice was missing.
After cutting the seams off it to make it more feminine, I made my stamp. This time I printed hearts.
Lottie found watching me work very tiring apparently.
I snipped at the neckline and wove them together to make it a bit cuter.
I loved making my own fabric, I want to try doing some more using different colours and techniques. I can’t wait to get my hands on some silk!