Friday, March 15, 2013

Stamping with Yarn

After reading Play with Paint together, Trevor and I decided we wanted to try making stamps from yarn. The book suggested making a simple swirl or a geometric shape. We took it a step further.

Materials: chipboard, yarn, white glue, a pencil, paint, and a foam brush

Begin by sketching your design on chipboard. Once you are happy with your design, cut pieces of yarn to match the pencil lines you've drawn. Then, trace the pencil lines with white glue and apply the yarn.
 
When all the yarn is in place, press it firmly into the glue.

 
This is the hardest part: let your design sit, untouched, overnight.  

 
Use a foam brush to apply paint to your design.  Trevor chose a grey boat and mast, and blue water and flag.


Carefully press your stamp onto paper.  Lift straight up to reveal your design.


Trevor learned that he needed to apply a slightly heavier coat of paint to his stamp.  He refreshed the blue, then added brown paint to the parts that were previously grey.  He stamped again and got this:


 Want to see mine?  No surprise - it's a bunny.


Here's the finished stamp.

 

I stamped it three times, adding more paint each time.  I LOVE how it turned out.

Trevor loved this project so much that he continued making stamps.  Each one got better and better.  His flower is beautiful.


And so is his tree.


What a fun project, all inspired by a randomly selected book!  This is exactly what makes Library Roulette so awesome.

7 comments:

  1. Sooooooooo awesome!! They look AMAZING!!!

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  2. I LOVE the tree! This will make a perfect craft for the elementary kids on spring break, but stuck at work with me

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  3. I would have never thought to stamp with yarn. Love this idea. Perfect for my preschooler too. Thank you for posting this!

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  4. Wow! That is a reall cool idea. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. WOW Cindy! Your images look so cool! I love how your bunny turned out, and all of Trevor's creations look amazing! I need to read "Play with Paint" now!!!!!

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  6. These are so cool! I really love all of the stamps that the two of you made. Y'all are so crafty!

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  7. That's really neat. I'll have to do that with granddaughter in the future. thanks. Love Trevors creations.

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