Thursday, November 4, 2021

Stamping on Silk...

Hi! A very happy Diwali to all! May this festival of lights bring you lots of joy and prosperity!

I have a very special project for you today. I have always loved working with textiles. When I started using the Altenew Mixed Media inks, I was beyond thrilled. These inks work on any surface, including fabrics. And once you heat set them by ironing on the reverse, they are permanent!

I decided to use them on a silk scarf to create a one-of-its kind accessory.

I used the Painted Flowers stamp set by Altenew and inks from the Red Cosmos, Green Fields, Glacier Caves and Summer Afternoon sets.

I stamped the outlines with the Jet Black ink and ironed the scarf to heat set the ink. The base layers were stamped using Coral Berry, Arctic, Caribbean Sky, Warm Sunshine and Forest Glades inks. 

For the second layer I used Ruby Red, Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Caramel Toffee and Evergreen inks.

Here is a closer look at the stamping.

And a another look at the completed scarf.

Few things that I learnt while making this scarf:
  • Take your time with the stamping. As you have to use stamping blocks, precision is important. I took two days to complete this scarf.
  • Use stamp sets that are easy to line up and have a more artsy feel. That way even if you make a mistake, it won't show up.
  • Iron between layers. Pigment inks take longer to dry. So ironing after each layer prevents smudging and makes the inks permanent.
  • Put some old newspapers below your fabric when stamping. The inks always bleed through the fabric.
  • Use darker inks. Colors always appear lighter on fabrics as more ink is absorbed into the surface.

Entering this scarf in the following challenges: