Friday, June 24, 2005

Fiber Girl Goes Out!

Last Wednesday was Crit Group. Except we didn't do much critique. Instead, we made rubber stamps under the tutelege of Art Teacher Extraordinaire, Barb Dinniweth. Making stamps for printing on fabric is a technique that I think about often. As part of my Evil Plan to Rule the World with Fabric, stamping patterns will soon begin to show up in the yardage I make.

Here's my first stamp ever:
block
This is a giant rubber eraser. I drew the design on freehand (see? years of phone & boring meeting doodling pay off!), then carved it with a set of linoleum carving tools. Barb also showed us how one could draw on computer paper and then press the stamp onto the paper. The pencil transfers easily, just like Silly Putty. Plus any lettering automatically reverses, rendering a readable print.

First print attempts, acrylic paint on paper:
prints
The first print is painted with straight blue. The second has blue grading through purple, into red...just for fun. Can't you just see this stuff on fabric?

Oo! ooo! It could be a medallion! I just whipped this up in Adobe Elements....
medallion
I'm jumping up and down now, 'cause this is just cool! Of course, carving the necessary mirror image stamp might make me crazy. And then getting the stamps to match evenly on the fabric might make 'crazy' look like a good day.

So, I see this as the beginning. The potential for fabric design is huge. This spontaneous design could be turned into a repeat, a border, a medallion. Or how 'bout stamping the design and then making a screen out of it? I could stamp with paint, dye, ink or even resist. I'm also curious to explore the different qualities between stamps made of rubber, linoleum and wood.

Now if only the elves would show up to cook my dinner and bathe my children......

11 comments:

Lisa, Procrastinator Extraordinaire said...

WoW Cathy! I'm so impressed! I love your carved stamp. I tried to do some ages ago (while living in Bahrain where we could only get little erasers) and they're so icky, trite, boring compared to yours. Love the idea of the symmetry piece, but it seems like it would be so much easier to do it on the computer and just print it out on fabric. Of course then you wouldn't get the texture... Still it seems like it would be really hard to get them exactly matching if you carved them. At least it would for me.

Gerrie said...

This is wonderful. Where do you get giant rubber erasers? I want to try this.

Debra said...

oooo... cathy I LOVE THIS STAMP.

(have I mentioned that I have a birthday coming up???) And I love this stamp.

(I know.. pick up some pink stamp carver stuff and make my own.

Scrapmaker said...

Wow, this is beautiful and impressive! I am going to have to try it...Jen

jenclair said...

All I can do is join the crowd in applause. Too cool!

Elle said...

Oooooo...now I wanna try!

Anonymous said...

Awesome carving....must be the excellent teaching!! It's Dinneweth, by the way. :) I want to make sure all the sugar-daddies can find me!
I can't wait to see the fabric you produce....

Ellen L said...

Cathy, I love that stamp! The photo of it could be the inspiration for a quilt. All those soft blues, creams, and grays, with nice curvy lines...

Pat's Daughter said...

Cathy: I really enjoy reading your blog. It is true that those who can laugh at themselves will never fail to be amused! Keep writing and posting and I will keep reading. Also, I LOVE the rubber stamp idea...where did you get the big eraser? Or is the design really little and intricate?

Anne said...

Cathy..love the stamp. Virginia Spiegel introduced me to this very thing when I took her fabric painting class. I haven't carved one in a while, though..I may have to dig that stuff out and do a few more. The kids also drew up designs and I carved them. One that Adam did is my favorite..a tall skinny man figure.
For those wondering...you can buy the eraser stuff at Dick Blick. I think I've seen it at Hobby Lobby.Can't think of the name, but it comes in different thicknesses and should be right there with the lino cutting stuff.
One thing I like to do now is scrunch the fabric and use my stamps to print ..love the fragments!
Can't wait for your next blog entry. I enjoy reading it and seeing all that you do.

Sandra said...

Hey, what a cool stamp! I really love it.
I also see that I'm not the only one who has fantasies about elves coming over to clean and cook... (The Elves & the Shoemaker was my all-time favorite book when I was really little). Please put the elves on a plane and send 'em over to my place when they're done in your kitchen!