A few months ago I was given (borrowed and never returned?) this turquoise scarf by my mom. I really loved the color but found it a tad bit boring. I’ve seen a few tutorials and blog posts out there about stamping on fabric and thought I would give it a try. I was a little unsure how it would go since this fabric is fairly gauzy with pretty open weave.
I did not have any fabric paint on hand, so I did a quick search to see what the philosophy was on using other types of medium like ink and regular acrylic paint. In the end, I think if I was stamping on something that would be washed frequently (a shirt, a kitchen towel) I would definitely opt for special fabric paint. Since a scarf is only worn periodically, and I didn’t figure it would be washed too frequently, I decided to try regular stamp ink and some acrylic (for comparison) following the instructions on this site.
I’m pretty happy with the results. The black is the stamp ink, and the silver is acrylic. The stamp ink did a much better job of transferring a clear image. In hindsight, I wish I would have thinned the acrylic a bit more. Not sure if it would have helped, but my theory is that less paint would clump up on the stamp and the image might be a bit crisper. I also think using a brush or sponge to apply the paint to the stamp would help with this. This will definitely require a bit more trial and error.
If you try something like this, or have done something like this, I’d love to hear about your experience!