So firstly: here's what I made the first time around when I stamped (note Issy was stamping so the quality is variable!):
This is the end of a scarf which Issy and jointly made for her Kindergarten teacher at the end of last year. She did the stamping (with guidance...) and I did the sewing. The end is white linen, the blue main body of the scarf is blue linen and the binding is blue and white silk - an offcut that I found in a local fabric shop in Brisbane the last time I was there from work (I can't remember the name...).
A close up of Issy's excellent stamp work...using a peacock stamp I bought at Ecohaven, a local Hobart shop.
While the kiddie stamping gives this something of the handmade vibe, I think it's a pretty stylish and refined effort all up - I loved it (and secretly wanted to keep it!).
It was a nice gift for someone who was (is!) an excellent teacher.
And here are some shots of the handprinting this time around in action:
The kids busied themselves "helping"
Issy did some grass and clouds and sunshine...
while Marcus needed to wash his hands a LOT as he used them as paintbrushes...
Meanwhile I got down and dirty with some test stamping (no shots of the final deal here so I don't spoil it..)
I used various paints and tried out different things to stamp with. Generally I had lots of fun (as did the small people) and I ended up with two of the four fat quarters I need for the swap done and dusted.
I want to buy some other colours of paint to finish off the swap printing, so hopefully some finished pictures during the week so I can mail them to my swap buddies! Two of them have already posted their work and they look great - so creative and speedy...I have a lot to live up to!