Almost every time I am ordering from Dharma Trading (which is often), I allow myself to buy one new thing. Sometimes it's a tool, sometimes it's something dyeable and sometimes it's a new paint or ink. That's how I stumbled upon Dr. Ph. Martin's Craft Ink.
Estelle and I experiment a lot with different inks and paints for stamping. We have a pretty big collection of stamps from Fred B. Mullet. These are beautiful stamps but they have a lot of fine detail and they don't work well with every kind of ink or paint. They don't work at all with fabric paint. Until now we've has our best luck with screen printing ink.
One day while perusing Dharma Trading I found this new (to me) craft ink and decided to give it a try. This is what I used with the gyotaku printing in August and I really liked how well it picked up details so we tried it on the stamps.
Here's the first print. You can click on any of these photos to see the details in the image better. We were just doing some quick prints so we weren't trying to be careful with the edges. usually with these stamps I will roll the ink on a palette and press the stamp into the ink to pick up the color. For these we just rolled on the ink with a foam roller. That's one of the best images that we've gotten on fabric!
This leaf is about 3" long and it transferred all of the detail in the stamp without any blobs of paint.
I also have a collection of these small, very detailed metal stamps that I picked up in London. I've only been able to use them on paper so far but, with practice, I think I will be able to use them on fabric too.
Needless to say we've ordered the full set of colors!
The weird think about these inks is that I can't find them anywhere except at Dharma (which is fine for me) and, in fact, you can't even find them on the Dr. Martin's website unless you link directly to the page. The product isn't listed in the catalog. Weird. I hope it's because it's a new product and not because it's one that's about to be discontinued!