A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Round Robin, Solo Style - Round 3, Stamping

Since I laundered the fabric last time to remove the wax, I needed to either re-soak the fabric in soda ash solution if I wanted to use thickened dyes, or switch to fabric or craft paints... I decided to use craft paints for the stamping round, but you can do either way... faster!

I studied my fabric for awhile before I decided on my next step.  My previous round left some of the original dyed areas exposed, since the fabric was larger than my project board.  No problem!  I am totally in play mode here, and don’t really have a plan of action, other than to combine various techniques to see what I come up with.

I did decide for now to use stamps that resemble those used in the batik step, only now I will be using fabric paints. 

Shown above is one side of the fabric, and the stamp I will be using to print with.


Here is the fabric after I stamped the row.  Note:  I did not measure to make the stamps even… just eye-balled the position.  One thing that makes this stamp nice is that I used plexiglass as my back, so I can see through it to position the stamp.  I learned that little trick from Melanie Testa… thanks, Melly!
So what next?  Stay tuned... I still have a few tricks up my sleeve!


  1. I like the Plexiglas idea and the outcome was great!

  2. Great tip and great start!

  3. The small plexiglass pieces for stamping sold at Michaels always seem so expensive. Is there a cheaper way to get small plexi for stamps?

  4. Craft A Life, I buy lightweight plexi at the local building supply store, and cut into pieces with a special tool to cut it. Sometimes, you can find a store where they sell or give away small scraps too. I use the tool with a steel straight edge to score the piece, then break it on the corner of a table or bench... the edges might end up a little sharp, but you can use a file or steel wool to smooth them a little. Hope this helps!


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