I’ve always loved fabrics. I remember walking into Joanns and just running my hands along each bolt of fabric, feeling the textures, silkiness, and coolness or warmth of each fabric. Staring at patterns on fabric.
Then in college, taking screenprinting classes, but never quite pursuing it fully. Buying books and researching how to create seamless patterns and print on fabric and paper.
Even teaching my students how to use foam and scratch foam to create patterns to block print.
So when I got a concussion last week and was suggested no reading, TV, computer, phone… I used my time to create this. Tea towels are expensive. I use them when I photograph things, especially food.
This project is easy.. all you need are tea towels, fabric paint, a brush for applying paint, foam sheets with sticker backing, cardboard to mount stamps on, and scissors to cut the foam.
I put the paint on a piece of felt to make a stamp pad at first, but I liked using a brush in the end to cover the stamp more evenly. I like the handmade quality of foam stamps and block printing in general. The easiest way to print this is to start from the top to bottom, so you don’t smudge paint. You can measure things, but I eyeballed this one, and used a pencil to mark the end of the cardboard mount as an indicator of where to stamp next to it! Don’t forget to iron opposite side to heat set when paint dries.
Ta-da! Finished mini mountain tea towel! If you don’t use tea towels, this is an amazing DIY gift for others. You can use the towel to wrap presents (like Japanese furoshiki– fabric wrapping) and then the gift receiver can use the tea towel in their kitchen! Eco-friendly, cute, AND functional! 😀
What are you making?