Monday, May 2, 2016

Stamps and stamping - cabbage

Hi, I am Wil Opio Oguta and this month I will be talking about stamps and stamping. You can buy your stamps at the art/craft shop, but I think it is much more fun to make your own stamps. We will go shopping at the local supermarket, the hardware store, dollar store or just go through your trash :-).

Today we start at the vegetable department of the supermarket to buy a cabbage. It does not matter which type of cabbage.  Slice it and let it dry for 1-2 days. This way you get a better definition between the folded leaves of the cabbage.
I prefer to use different brand of paints, but this can be done with thickened dye as well. For this sample I used Pebeo Setacolors and a foam brush.



For printing surface I use a piece of styrofoam covered with felt. Both are white, so it is a bit difficult to see on this picture:



The fabric is placed on top of the felt and it is time to start stamping. With the foam brush I applied the paint: on the cabbage.

And placed the cabbage on the fabric:


First print is done:



After I covered the fabric with yellow cabbage prints, it was time to switch colors.


Let the fabric dry and iron it. You can leave it like that, but I decided to give it a colorwash by dyeing it.


7 comments:

  1. great idea Wil. I love printing with unexpected items. I also like the overdye

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  2. Looking forward to the month and all the great inspiration!

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  3. Haven't tried this in awhile, and you taught me something... to let it dry a couple of days first. Love the multiple layers, and I look forward to seeing more posts about stamping from you.

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  4. Hello Wil! I'm looking forward to the month of May with you. I could see your lineup waiting to go as I finished my blogs :-) Love the cabbage!

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  5. a cabbage. Of course! Great idea. :)

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  6. Enjoyed your post and pictures and neat looking cabbage prints :)

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  7. And finally a good use for cabbage! Love the results and looking forward to see what other oddities inspire you!

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