Anne, Estelle and I got together again recently for another of our monthly TED (Technique Exploration Day) event. I can't talk enough about how important it is to schedule time to just play. We love these days and do our best not to miss them. Because Anne missed last month and because she gave me a bag of stamps for my birthday, we decided to do stamping again.
Most of what we did this time was wokring with stamps from Fred B Mullett. He specializes in nature stamps and Anne has ordered from him several times. She says the customer service is exceptional and we LOVE his stamps. They have beautiful detail. Here's part of what we did on the most recent TED. I only have my and Anne's work. Estelle escaped before I could pull the camera out.
We found that the most important step in stamping is practice. Estelle has several long sample panels where she tries different stamps and inks to see what works best. This is one of Anne's sample fabrics.
This is my favorite peice of fabric that I've ever stamped. I picked up this scrap. It's the middle section of a Sugar Maple gradient. I used almost all of the leaf stamps that Anne gave me for my birthday. It's longer than what's shown in the photo. My original plan was to cut this up for postcard backgrounds. Now I don't know if I can cut it! What would you do with it?
I've mentioned my friend Cindy several times. She is a master thrift shopper. She's the one that picks up linens for me from estate sales and Goodwill. She got me a big stack of these linen cocktail napkins once. Anne latched onto them and got a head start on some Christmas gifts. She used the mussel stamp is shades of gray and black.
The chicken napkins were done with the metal stamps that we bought in London. We all have decided that we prefer screen printing inks for stamping on fabric. The inks are not quite as thick as fabric paint and show the stamp detail very well.
Cute nautical prints.
Of course there were some failures! I wanted to print some vegetable prints on tea towels. This was my practice piece and I got a unanimous vote that this was a bad idea!
We also did note cards and I'll share those next week.