Monday, December 22, 2008

Stamping Monday

This time you can take a run to your local plumbing supply store for a product called "plumbers gasket". It comes in a 12" square sheet and is about 1/8" thick (about the thickness of an Omnigrid ruler), its reddish in colour. It's easy to cut with an art knife into any size you want to use. I keep my sheets unmounted and you'll see why later.
I've used a lino cutting tool to carve into it. Its like lino to carve, a little harder that the Speedy-Cut but I know my stamps will last forever with this stuff.
I've used a brayer to apply paint to the stamp and then stamped onto my fabric. I prefer to use a softer printing table under my fabric, the stamped images come out with finer details that way. I use the heel of my hand to press down on the stamp to get a really good image.
Try multiple images one right beside the other for interesting effect, or space and stagger them for other ideas. I also like to bend the stamp as shown to get partial images and twist and turn them around for a whole other look. I couldn't do this if the stamp was mounted onto a block!
I've had some questions about the kinds of paint to use. I prefer paint that is specially formulated to use on fabric. My favourites are Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque as well as the Setacolour Opaque and Metallics. They are very versatile, easy to wash up, can be diluted with water for special effects and only need to be heat set to make them permanent. They can be purchased at most art supply stores or try
Tomorrow I'll be posting instructions on how to make your own printing table, so check back!


Anonymous said...

You do lovely carving and I enjoyed your fabric colours


Roberta Ranney said...

Hi Susan - I've been enjoyiing your "Stamping Monday" posts. Today's is one I'm going to have to try. I love how this stamping experiment came out. Thanks for sharing your techniques so generously.

maggi said...

Thanks for sharing this technique. The effect are lovely

Ruthie Powers said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing it with us. I am going to keep reading your posts.

Connie Rose said...

Thanks Susan. I've tried a few different things to use for stamps, and haven't yet found the right stuff. Something I bought from Blick crumbles badly and now I find the stamps also break easily (and all that work I did to carve all those stamps)! I'll try this.

Judy said...

Thanks Susan. I haven't tried Plumber's Gasket yet, and will see if I can find some around here. I like the idea that you don't have to mount it, and that it is then so flexible to use just segments of the entire piece.
I really appreciate your sharing!