Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DIY Printing Your Own Textiles


DIY How to Print Your Own Textiles | MamaBleu.com

Every time I visit an art supply store I get inspired by all the possibilities that lie within the tools and paint and materials on the shelves. It’s been a desire of mine to learn how to carve stamps designs and use them to print fabric for my bags. This past summer I spent an afternoon working on my first design and just introduced two bags made from the printed linen.


Stamp carving seemed a bit intimidating to me but it’s actually pretty easy. It just takes a lot of patience!

I chose to use a large Speedball carving block. The linoleum cutting tool carved through it easily and I got the effect I wanted. I drew out my design on tracing paper, transferred it onto the block and took my time carving away the unwanted areas. 

Stamp Carving and Printing Your Own Textiles | mamableu.com

Stamp Carving and Printing Your Own Textiles | mamableu.com

Stamp Carving and Printing Your Own Textiles | mamableu.com

Adding fabric painting medium to my favorite acrylic paint can turn it into a fabric paint for any textile project. I mixed some into a small amount of black fluid acrylic and used a small sponge paint roller to transfer a coat of paint to my stamp. I practiced on some paper to make sure everything was carved out completely and creating the desired effect. Then it was time to start printing a repeat design on some linen!

Stamp Carving and Printing Your Own Textiles | mamableu.com
 
Stamp Carving and Printing Your Own Textiles | mamableu.com 

Printing Your Own Textiles | mamableu.com

After letting the paint dry on the fabric and heat setting it with an iron I was ready to start creating some new bag designs.

Printing your own textiles is always a time of experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. You can follow the same exact steps each time you press your stamp onto the fabric but it always makes a unique mark. The beauty of printing your own fabric is its uniqueness in design and color.

I love the simplicity of the XO pattern I carved and I’m thrilled with how these linen clutches turned out.  I added these limited addition designs in my shop and they are getting snatched up by brides for special bridesmaid gifts. You might want to drop a hint to someone who is looking for a unique Valentine’s gift for you!

Linen and White Handprinted XO Clutch | MamaBleuDesigns.com

XO Linen Handprinted Clutches

Black and Linen XO Clutch | mamableudesigns.com

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