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!

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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.

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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.

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The process was really simple: paint ink on… then stamp!

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Because the cardboard absorbs some of the ink each print is a little different and it looks really vintage-y.

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After a few test runs I decided on a pattern and stamped away!

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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!

Yay kitties!

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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.

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After cutting the seams off it to make it more feminine, I made my stamp. This time I printed hearts.

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Lottie found watching me work very tiring apparently.

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I snipped at the neckline and wove them together to make it a bit cuter.

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Done!

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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!

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