Friday, April 23, 2010

Stamping it up!

My first "event" in my new studio was held last Sunday, with a group of fellow stand-up machine quilters (otherwise known as Longarmers).


We try to get together every few months to share what we've been up to, to discuss our machine quilting issues, and mostly be inspired by one another!  And that we were!

We also try to fit in a fun activity at our meetings, and this time it was stamping on fabric.  Along with the commercial stamps we had, we also tried making our own "linoleum block" stamps, carved out from an eraser-like material.  That was a new experience for most of us!  We experimented with stamping ink and silkscreen ink (with the use of a brayer), fabric paints and acrylic craft paints with brushes.  It is a great to try new  things to create with!

                             



Here are a few of the things I tried.

This is the snowflake stamp I carved out of the linoleum block.

These are stamps I made out of thin craft foam sheets (sticky one side), which were then applied to thicker pieces of foam (I had cut up a foam play mat which I had used as a fatigue mat).  The sticky foam part did not work that well, as the paper backing didn't come off very easily, but once I find out what kind of glue to use, these make a great inexpensive stamp!





Another stamp made out of the craft foam.







And here I practiced the letter "G"  from a purchased stamp.


All in all, it was a great day!

3 comments:

Joanne said...

Sounds like a great day. ♥

Lisa W. said...

How fun!

flamingodebra said...

Glad you got a picture of Donna in there! Thanx for the great day