A Little Creative Space
Fabric paint can be used with any stamp, but paint is especially suited for more bold surface rubber stamps like those produced by: ZimPrints, Hot Potatoes, DeNami Designs, Stamp Zia, A Stamp in the Hand and many other rubber stamp companies. Use a foam brush or a cosmetic sponge to apply fabric paint to a bold rubber stamp. Shake the jar of paint, dip the foam brush or sponge into the paint and then spread it over the top of your rubber stamp. You will need to re-paint/re-coat your rubber stamp each time you print. Paint can be used for line images that are not so bold in their design instead of ink, but you will need to be careful of how much paint you brush onto your stamp. Start lightly and test! I really cannot say this enough; practice first! Get out that test fabric and use it each time you try something new. Stamping on fabric with paint, and especially with bold images, produces a very vibrant look that really lasts. Below is a dress I made myself, then stamped with Stamp Zia stamps and fabric paint.
There are many different fabric paints available!
My favorite brand of paint is the Jacquard line of fabric paints. Their Lumiere, Neopaque, and Textile paints are wonderful to work with. Each type has a different quality that works well in various situations. Test your stamping with whatever fabric paints are available to see what you like the best. Some paints are thinner than others and will require coating your stamp a second time in order to work well. Fabric paints can also be used for coloring or painting your fabric. Visit Sherrill Kahn's project page on her website for more great ideas on this subject!
How do I Heat Set my fabric stamping?
Heat setting is very important! You must Heat Set both fabric inks and fabric paints when your stamped images are completely dry in order for the ink to be permanent. Do not be impatient - let everything dry completely! A hot, dry iron is required to heat set and you'll need to iron each stamped area for about TWO minutes. A long process but worth it. Using a press cloth or a piece of parchment paper is a good idea. For best results, iron BOTH sides of the stamped fabric and let your stamping 'set' for a week or two by not washing it at all during that time. Following this procedure is important to help prevent any fading of the ink or paint that you have stamped. I still own and wear these shirts I stamped in 1994, see below! These stamped items have gone through 100 machine washes and still look great.
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