F A B R I C P A I N T I N G
My mom loves wearing light scarves around her neck, so when I saw this yellow one (perfect for spring) I immediately snatched it up with Mother’s Day in mind. However, being that it is very unFeFe-like to buy a gift without decorating or repurposing it, I immediately started scheming about how to “better” the scarf.
Luckily for me, I have a lot of talented friends who are brimming with new ideas to try. A couple of days before I bought this scarf, one such friend held a fabric painting craftervention in Washington Square Park, which of course inspired this project. Later that week, she and I got together again and she kindly guided me through the fabric printing process — AND let me use all of her materials:
- A rubber square for making the stamp
- Carving tools
- Black screen printing ink and an ink roller–both by Speedball
Nothing says “spring” like flowers (I know, how literal), so I opted to cover the scarf with this design, sketched directly onto a rubber pad that would soon become a stamp.
This is the tool I used to carve around the flower with precision:
With the stamp ready, I simply poured a bit of the ink onto a paper plate, rolled it evenly onto the stamp (tested it to be sure it came out how I wanted it to look,) and began the process.
I wanted the flowers to be close to one another, but did not care about making sure the spacing was perfect (because it is a circle scarf).
Once completed, the ink can be washed, but must be sealed with heat, so I went over it with an iron after it had dried.
Now my mom has a one of a kind spring scarf!