DIY: stamping on fabric with fabric paints - part 1

i have been thinking of stamping on a piece of cloth, plain t-shirts, scarf etc...using fabric paints.

here are the list of things or techniques i used in the past to paint or add some texture on fabrics!

  • silkscreen printing
  • stencil
  • stamping with versacraft ink pads designed for using on paper, fabric, wood etc. 
  • drawing with fabric markers
  • tie dye using both natural and chemical dyes

since i started teaching myself silkscreen lately...there are many fabric paints in my house....i know they can be used on stamping if you make those inks smooth and apply them on to rubber stamps...you can use them instead of using ink pads designed for stamping on fabric. i have some requests lately how you can turn those regular fabric paints out of tubes into stamping ink pads...i decided to  show the results!

for this part 1, i used pebeo fabric paints out of bottle and i didn't add anything to make it thinner but applied straight onto a rubber stamp with a paint brush and stamped it. don't forget to set the inks with heat after stamping...this is very important whichever techniques used for stamping on fabric!!

things you need:
  • fabric/clothes. i used this kids' leggings (size 100/ for 12m) 
  • fabric paints
  • paint brush
  • versa craft ink pads
  • rubber stamps (any rubber stamps! my handmade rubber stamps are available here or my craft supply shop for already made japanese rubber stamps.)
  • wet tissue, towel, kitchen sponge, soapy water to clean rubber stamps
  • iron ( need to set the inks with heat after paints are fairly dry naturally! )

results are the following...

  • it was not easy to put the paint equally on a rubber stamp with a paint brush! 
                          maybe, i could have used a make up sponge which i use for the liquid 
                                     foundation as this sponge has a smooth texture.
  • paints were too thick and easy to dry on rubber stamp (see: pink elephants)
                          probably need some water added or need something to weaken the paint to 
                                     make it easier to apply on rubber stamps with a paint brush
  • depending on what materials you stamp on...it will not be easy to stamp
                           i used a stretchy cotton fabric so it needed a little pressure to stamp as the fabric
                                    paints straight out of the bottle was very thick
  • you might see the brush strokes from the rubber stamp on the stamped image
                          probably not serious issues to see those paint brush strokes. but i like the smooth
                                   clean surface for my stamped images like when i stamp with versacraft ink pads. 
                                   (see: green polka dot was stamped with ink pads.)

so for the part 2, i will try to resolve these issues without buying extra printing tools or materials...
i will make an instant ink pads with fabric paints and something you can find from kitchen!
coming soon....

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