I spooned the Jaquard Colour Magnet straight onto the StampBuddy. Stamp your prepared muslin with the ArtFoamies. Make sure you keep the Stampbuddy wet so that the stamp get a good coverage before stamping. Wait for the cloth to dry completely before dying the cloth.
The Colour Magnet pulls more dye into the fabric where you have stamped, making it look like you stamped with a darket shade.
As you can see - I don't always wash my ArtFoamies as I should and some of the colour transferred with the magnet. This has no affect on the end result. In fact it makes for more interesting results.
I used neutral colours - if all goes well it will be turned into a doggie doll for the CHA. Look how beautiful the stamped images appeared after dyeing! If you have any questions about dyes etc. - please ask in the comments section. I love the subtle, hand-dyed look of this totally unique piece. Make sure to let me know what you think?
I was pleasantly surprised! Things to remember when using texture paste with ArtFoamies.
Make sure you rinse your stamps immediatly under running water if you can. You don't want the texture paste to get stuck in the grooves of your stamps forever! I waited for the texture paste to dry completly and then painted it with acrylic paint. I used Pebeo's new fabric paint. I just LOVE the colors.
Once that was properly dry - I used different complementing colors to dry-brush color lightly on the bumps to make the texture more apparent. What texture pastes do you like to use?
ArtFoamies Stamps Used:
Rebekah Meier: Mesh and Mandala, Balzer designs: Love Candy, Zig Zag and Africon Skin.
Balzer: Ring Fling and Julie Love ArtFoamies Stamps made the front cover of Scrap&Stamp Magazine. Thank you so much Carol Heppner. You did an amazing job.
This little owl was a custom order. I used the Music Notes and the Sea-side mixed ArtFoamies stamps to create the background. This 14" x 14" fabric painting was stretched on stretcher bars to be a wall hanging. I used the Violin ArtFoamies stamp and just added a foot-rest to change it into Chello. I did make a custom stamp to get the antique looking wording in. The fabric paint liners did alot of the accentuating in this piece. Let me know what you think?
Owl on Branch and A Leaf ArtFoamies with Faber Castell Gelatos. I LOVE the watercolour look.
Wet the stamp with a spray of water before rubbing with Gelatos. For the Antique Clock ArtFoamie stamp I used brown, black and a darkish yellow. Love the look! I definately have to play more with these!
ArtFoamies used on these silk scarves:
Balzer Designs: Happy Edge, Balzer Designs:Train Tracks, Chickadee, Maple Leaf.
I did use leaves in the summer to natural dye the scarves before stamping on them, but you can use the same method as below, to dye them. Just repeat the process.
Wash silk gently with a mild soap like "Synthrapol".
Let silk soak in vinegar for 5 minutes approximately.
Let dry. Iron on silk setting. Ironing results in crisper images.
I laid the silk on some muslin(unbleached cotton). This helps so that the silk don't attach to whatever you lay it on. A hard, flat surface is a good idea.
I used Sodium Algenate to thicken Jaquard Dyes. The longer it stands the thicker it becomes.
Mix some (approximately 1 teaspoon) Sodium Alginate with warm water (approximately 1 cup). Read the instructions on the packet for more accurate measurements.
Then mix about a 1/4" of a teaspoon or less Jaquard acid dye with about a quarter of the above mixture.
Mix up as many colors as you like.
I used smooth finger gloves to apply the "paint" to the stamps.
Wait until it dries.
I wrapped the silk in cotton (for a lack of blank newspaper paper), after it dried. Then I wrapped it in newspaper - about two layers. Then I wrapped it in tinfoil. Make sure that it doesn't have gaps where moisture can enter.
I used a pressure cooker and inserted a raised cake rack inside. I added enough water so that the water won't touch the wrapped up tin foil package even when the water boils. Put the pressure cooker on for about 15-20 minutes. Wait till everything cools down. This heat sets the dyes.
It is a good idea to have a pressure cooker dedicated to
crafting only. Safety first.
Rinse silk with a gentle soap like "Synthrapol". Dry. Wha-la!!! All done.