This weeks challenge: Pinterest Nailed It
This week I wanted to try something a bit different, I found the pants below while looking on Pinterest and decided I would have a go at lino printing/stamping to create my own fabric. I remember at high school we had to make a lino print as part of our art class assignment but we printed it on to paper not fabric.
I found some rubber blocks and carving tools at Spotlight that looked perfect for what I was wanting, the rubber blocks were thicker than the lino tiles I used in high school but that made it easier to hold when stamping the fabric. They were also much softer than the lino tile which made carving them easier as well.
I found a dog picture that I liked online and printed it out, then traced it onto tracing paper and flipped it over onto the rubber block and pressed to transfer the design onto the block. I then used the tools to carve away the parts of the design I didn’t want to be printed. (This was a little hard because in drawing and painting you add the parts you want so it took a little bit to wrap my head around)
Once the design was carved I started testing it and removing a little more in the parts I wasn’t happy with and then I was ready to start printing onto my fabric. I traced out my pattern pieces onto the fabric so I was able to see were the prints would end up once the shorts were complete.
I mixed a regular acrylic paint with fabric medium to make the finished design washable and stamped my design onto the fabric. I made one pair with the design the same way up and reapplied paint between every stamp, the other pair I changed the design around and reapplied paint less often. I am very happy with how they turned out and the boys love them, so thats the most important part. I also got these amazing labels from Kylie and the Machine to add a finishing touch.
I am hoping to have a go at potato stamping in the next few weeks with the kids as well. Have you tried stamping/printing your own fabric? I would love to see photos if you have.