Well at the moment I’m playing with Indian wood block stamps, I’veĀ collected them since the nineties but a lot of them were quite small and intricate and were very difficult to find. I’ve since found a fabulous supplier in Jamie Malden who owns Colouricious. Jamie actually deals with Indian artisans who often design to her specifications and end up with some exciting stamps. As you can imagine I now have quite a collection of these. I love to take the images a stage further by making a stencil, you can use Mylar ( a form of durable plastic sheeting that stands up to heating ) or if you are desperate or in a hurry you can use a sheet of watercolor paper which I used here in the photo
The background fabric is Habotai silk and silk organza which I have enhanced by over-printing a design using a Gelli plate print and acrylic paint. When dry I paint the wood stamp with a contrasting color acrylic paint and stamp onto the fabric. After it has dried I lay the fabric on a thin layer of felt and then machine stitch around the design.
The final photo is a cotton velvet painted with Gesso and then gilded with gold leaf. I lay the velvet on top of polyester batting and stitch eight rectangles then lay organza over the gold leaf after which it is ready for stamping with a leaf image. When dry I machine stitched around the leaf image.
Final photo is of my messy workstation !
All this work is in preparation for my workshop in the UK in May, ten days of teaching in Buckinghamshire with Jamie Malden from Colouricious.