Between preparing for and teaching my Journal to the Self journal writing class, interviewing and writing my column and a couple other articles, and working outside, I’ve been squeezing in some crafty time. Yesterday was a rainy day – a great day for this project.
First I raided the kitchen.
I applied my Claudine Hellmuth Studio paint with a brush to the orange. Then I tried the apple.
The turnips did not work for me. They were just blobs of paint – not what I was looking for. I did learn that you don’t need much paint on the fruit.
Then I pulled out these wood stamps I’ve been dying to use. I bought these at this Etsy shop. They are hand carved and just beautiful to hang around my studio/woman cave. But being the practical person I am, I had to try them on the other end of this fabric.
If you have never used fruit or vegetables to print on fabric – apply paint with a paint brush – not a sponge brush. You don’t want a lot of paint. I practiced stamping them on another piece of fabric to get some of the paint off until I had an idea of the amount of paint I really needed.
For the wood fabric stamps I also applied just a little paint and used a mouse pad or similar material under where you stamp to get a better impression.
Now I feel more comfortable stamping on “good” fabric. However, if you have any tips, please share.