So, did I mention I’m taking a printmaking 1 class in college? I’ve already fallen in love with it. We started out with linocuts, something I’m very familiar with as it’s just like stamp making but on a larger scale. I have been thinking, geekily, about how my teacher said that “Printmaking is everywhere, we experience it in our everyday life all the time.” and I came up with this DIY idea!
- Pair of pants (lighter the better)
- Jeanie (A denim dye I found at Hobby Lobby)
- Star fabric stamp
- Fabric ink (Silver)
- 1/2 cup salt
- Washing Machine (Optional, can do a sink or stove top)
- Something to roll ink on
Step 1: Fill up your washing machine with the hottest water you can get and the least amount of water. Let the dye packet dissolve (That was fun to watch)
Add your pants when the dye is fully disolved. Begin a small cycle.
Stop the cycle halfway through and add your salt. The instructions say if you run a cycle again before letting it rinse you’ll get better results; thats what I did.
Step 2: My stamp was actually part of a bigger stamp and I just snipped it off from the cluster.
My jeans came out a nice rich plum. I used my brayer to roll some of the fabric ink on a piece of wax paper but ended up using a paper plate instead. Use your brayer to apply ink to your star, begin stamping.
The ink was really bright when first applied and then darkened, I thought it might be because it needed two coats but I came to the conclusion that I hadn’t mixed the ink well enough. Shake that bottle hardcore!
Progress! This project does take a good hour and half to two hours of just stamping fabric. I suggest watching some Wet Hot American Summer on netflix or your binge-worthy show of choice.
I’m not sure if it’s that I shook the ink more towards the end or what but I created an ombre effect that wasn’t planned where the stars start out faded at the top and darken towards the hem of the jeans. I absolutely love them though! I do totally feel like a rock star in them.
If you want some more DIY fashion tutorials check out my gallery of projects, that’s one of my most popular subjects.
Til Next Time!