Friday, July 26, 2013

Rubber Stamping with DecoArt Ink Effects

I really enjoy painting on fabric and DecoArt Ink Effects is such an innovative idea!

It  is painted on to normal copy paper and then transferred to light coloured fabrics with a hot iron. I was thinking about how it could be used if you weren't too sure about painting but still want to create your own designs and this is what I came up with! Good old rubberstamps

I stopped teaching rubber stamping years ago (when I discovered decorative painting actually) and gave most of my stamps away, but luckily I held on to a few favourites and I used a lovely sea horse stamp to decorate a t-shirt

If you want to try something similar this is what you will need:

T shirt *
DecoArt Ink Effects Paints
DecoArt Spray on Basecoat  (only if the fabric contains more than 40% synthetic ie cotton)
Paint brushes (I used size 12 flat)
Palette or paper plate
Copy paper
Rubber stamps
an iron

1. Spray on the basecoat lightly and evenly to the area you want the image to be

2. paint the sea with watered down blue and green paint (not too much water - just enough to allow the brush to glide on the paper)

3. pick up some blue paint on the brush and spread on to the plate or palette - you need just enough to cover the raised pattern on the stamp, so it doesn't get clogged. You may find it best to practice first

4. press the sea horse stamp in to the paint

5. stamp on to paper

6. stamp a few sea horses on to a second piece of paper (this will be used if you want to add more sea individual horses)

7. leave to dry for at least 30 minutes

8. place the first piece of paper on to the item

9. set with a hot iron (no steam)

10. cut out individual sea horses to place elsewhere and repeat step 8

* Ink Effects can be used on any light coloured fabric containing less than 40% synthetic

ps I will let you in to a secret.......this is a great way to upcycle items that are marked (mine is under the top right sea horse!)

for more info please visit the Decoart website

Happy Stamping

Gill Colthart
DecoArt Helping Artist

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