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Make It : Fabric Printing Trials

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Last weekend I went to the beach with dear friends I hadn't seen for some time. I wanted to commemorate our trip with souvenirs and my first thought was to stamp shirts.

Inspired by woodcuts and whales, I carved a rubber block with a linoleum cutter:

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First I traced the outline of the whale in pencil and rubbed it facedown on the block.

1 First I traced the outline of the whale in pencil and rubbed it facedown on the block.

I cannot tell you how satisfying it was to cut this out.

2 I cannot tell you how satisfying it was to cut this out.

A few test stamps on paper

3 A few test stamps on paper

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But when it came time to print on fabric, things went awry. The block was too detailed for the fabric and the print just didn't take.

What now?

With the sun setting quickly and time running out I had to resort to Plan B:

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Scalloped scissors and masking tape to the rescue!

1 Scalloped scissors and masking tape to the rescue!

Painted waves

2 Painted waves

The shirts didn't come out exactly as I had planned, but I think I like them even better this way. The stamp was put to good use too, so all's well.

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Comments (4)

  • where can i get some of this fabric paint?

  • If you are going to do this project DO NOT buy the Speedball brand of safety-cut (the thing you carve). It does not leave a clan line and breaks down easily. Your best bet is to go to your local art store and ask for assistance. Although you will have to pay more your print will be cleaner and you will get more prints out of your block.

  • Another suggestion would have been to stamp onto waxed paper (or print onto waxed paper) and then cut out the negative space. You can iron the waxed paper onto the shirt and painted it that way. But love the waves!

  • I just discovered your lovely blog. I'm just new into blogging this year & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
    http://scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com/
    I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
    x
    Melissah
    Me

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