I recently got a book called Printing By Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens, by Lena Corwin. I have always been interested in printing and textile design, but I assumed that it would be too difficult and time consuming, and that it would require too many specialized tools. This book has really changed my thinking. Hand printing is something almost anyone can do, and produce professional-looking results.
The other night, I decided to try my hand at making my own stamp for imprinting on fabric. I am making a baby quilt for a coworker, and have not yet found the perfect fabric…what better time to try making my own pattern on a plain fabric!? I designed a jungle motif on my computer, and cut the design out of foam that is sticky on one side. I found that it was easy to transfer the design to the foam by poking small holes around all the outlines with a pin. I then stuck the design to a piece of plastic from an old box, brushed the stamp with permanent acrylic paint made for fabric, and pressed the stamp onto the fabric. I think this would be an easy process using hand-drawn designs as well as computer graphics.
I am so pleased with the outcome! Right now I am still doing some trials to determine how much paint needs to be on the stamp, but I am really starting to get it down. I can’t wait to do the final printing and see how the whole blanket will turn out! Assuming all goes well, I will post my designs for the printing, as well as the blanket pattern.