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Beginning Stamping - Playing with Ink

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Printing on Fabric

Meagan Lewis

Beginning Stamping - Playing with Ink

Meagan Lewis

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2. Printing on Fabric


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2 Printing on Fabric Duration:07:45
3 Preparing the Ink Duration:06:11
4 Stamping on Fabric Duration:06:04
5 Using Fabric Paint Duration:06:14

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Printing on Fabric

A couple of things about different types of ink. I'm going to be using screen printing ink, and I'm going to show how mixed colors of screen printing ink screen printing ink looks like this. If you buy it in these little tubs like this, obviously you can get it in all different shapes and sizes and different manufacturers and things like that. But this is actually a textile printing ink, so it's water based, and it is meant to be used on clothing. And, uh, I guess my best recommendation would be whatever ink or fabric paint that you're using. Um, just follow the manufacturer's directions as faras, you know, does it need to be heat set doesn't need to be just laid out to dry for a couple of hours, you know, followed the directions. Sometimes they'll tell you to wait for it to air drive, and then you can iron the back of it to heat, said it, things like that. Um, it just really depends. If you're doing a large scale of things at one time, um, you can you can like. You can actually, like,...

bake them in the oven like if I was doing like a bunch of favor bags or something, you could lay them out on a cookie sheet and kind of big thumb in the oven for just a little bit. You don't want to cook up, but just to kind of like, you know, heat set everything at one time, so you're not sitting there ironing like a bunch of bags and stuff like that, so experiment, you know, figure out what works if you're gonna stick something that I've been probably tested and, you know, you know, what you're doing is, you know, print a bunch of things, and then they they all, uh, get cooked to death. Um, the other option is fabric paint, um, which you can get at a fabric store craft store so that's an option as well. Um, and even acrylic paint, I think you would ask me, I'm in the last class if you can use acrylic paint and you actually can on dh, there are a lot of manufacturers now that are actually putting it on the on the label, it says, like multi surface acrylic paint, you know, you can use it on fabric and level bond, they won't be so kind as to tell you out tio hate set it or how to do it but I'll tell you that it's you can use it you know so it's like ok, thanks thanks for that thanks for telling me that it's for fabric but not telling me how to use it you can um I wanted to show you guys something cool well I think it's cool um I've kind of you know there's so many different things out there and I you know, I wanted to be able to show you guys today what out of all the things that we've talked about in all of the classes, what works on fabric and what's permanent and what's not and what's, you know, ideal for what type of project you're working on, like, you know, in the last class we had the cute little favor bags and I was saying, you know, it really doesn't matter that it's washable, but at the same time it creates such these in pads create such a nice look that that's what I'm going to use, but if I want something more permanent that I'm going to use, you know, the fabric or the screen printing so I've created this is a swatch basically a test swatch of different inks pretty much all the different things that are out there um and what we've got on this, uh your left side are ink pads so I've got the dia based ink pad the pigment and this down here at the bottom of the crafting pad eh so that's an impact that I picked up that said it was specifically for printing on wood and fabric um on the right side here I've got block printing ink second one a screen printing ink the third one is fabric paint and the fourth one is acrylic paint so you kind of see this is I just stamped the's I did not do anything to it I did not wash this you can see the different looks some are more solid somewhere more vibrant I'm sorry they're not all in the same color which would give you a better way to compare them but that's kind of how they all look stamped on fabric the next thing I did is I took that swatch I made a new one and I let one side air dry and then I heat set the other side and what I did by heat setting it is I um I earned the back side of it for about a minute on just you know kind of moved the iron around so that the anc really cooked on to it and then I popped this in the washer and I dried it and this is what came out so you can see pretty much the first to ink pads prince are completely gone um the third one that said it was a fabric ink pad. It faded a little bit, but it's still there and then coming over to the, um the will see. Sorry, maybe I should have this. I'm gonna lay this so we can kind of compare them. Maybe at this point, this might be a nice wayto kind of had them side by side. Um, so again, that this was the side that did not, um I did not wash yet. So over here, this block printing ink, this is after I washed it, I air dried it and he'd said it the screen printing ink there's almost no difference between heat setting that screen printing, which I find it's kind of interesting, but whatever the fabric paint and then the acrylic. So I guess I would say, just judging off of this, your best bet is almost like the fabric pain. I'm not really sure why the screen printing it didn't come out as well. I might have not just had enough ink. Yeah, yeah. Totally so heralded. Yeah. Thank you. I guess just by judging off of this after I washed this, I think may be your best bet. Um is the fabric paint or even the acrylic paint really does do a nice job if you're getting the kind that says it's ok for fabric and the screen printing which it should be I don't want a dog on screen printing and textile screen printing it because it should really hold up well, this might have just been my air that I didn't apply enough ink or something like that I'm not sure but as you can see if it's going to be washable you're going to want to use this screen printing your fabric so yeah, you know if you had prewashed the fabric and got the sizing out of the fabric yeah do you think it would have printed differently? I don't no not really um yeah, I mean really this just comes down to the ink and what how the ink held onto the fabric I mean, it might a little bit if maybe that you know, I don't I don't I don't really think so though um this is one that I printed with um I think this was acrylic so it's it's kind of I kind of like the way it's faded though it's kind of fun you know, um so let's go ahead and start printing I've got little cups here um which are going to help me mixed out the color of the the screen printing ink that I want to use see, I think I'm gonna print light colored one. I'll make a blue. I don't need this just yet. So the screen printing ink it comes in. I bought this as a four pack, so I've got my primary colors, my red, yellow and blue and a black, um, it comes in multiple colors, like a lot of different colors, but the same thing with the block printing ink, like I talked about in the last class, that looks like this it's, really fun to be able to mix your own colors.

Class Description

Express your unique style through stamping! In Beginning Stamping – Playing with Ink, Meagan Lewis will teach you the basics behind block printing and color mixing.

Meagan’s inspired stamp designs are found on everything from tea towels to totes. In this beginner-friendly class she’ll demonstrate basic block printing techniques by making a personalized set of fabric napkins. You’ll learn:

  • Printing with fabric ink
  • Mixing your own colors
  • How to print with a DIY ink pad
  • How to make a stamp with repurposed rubber

Meagan will discuss the components of a good design and tell you which materials will make your stamping process easy, permanent, and professional-looking.

Check the bonus materials below for a complete product list of the tools and supplies you need to finish this project.



Overall, I learned some fun techniques and enjoyed Megan's voice and informal speaking style. I am also, a 'design/learn as you do' crafter, so I found this style relatable, however, as a craft teacher I do know that for others this can be frustrating. I agree with some of the other reviewers that she lacked sufficient knowledge about textiles for this presentation. This is a great place to start learning about creating your own stamps.

Joyce Carter

Great Class very informative about stamp making.