MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
- 1 yard fabric (we used unbleached muslin)
- 1 yard ribbon or twill tape
- Vegetables (try corn, bell peppers, celery, and carrots, and anything else that strikes your fancy)
- Fabric or screen-printing ink
- Brayers and inking plates (you can also apply the paint with a brush or by directly pressing the veggie into the paint)
- Sewing machine or hand-sewing supplies
Cut your veggies to create different shapes to print with. Some variations we found most interesting were: using corn as a rolling pattern, cutting off the end of the corn and using it to make a petaled dot shape, cutting celery stalks and using the base to make a rose-shaped pattern, and slicing bell peppers in half to create amoeba-like circles.
Mix up your colors. Use old yogurt containers or whatever you have on hand to create your desired palette.
Apply paint to your veggie with an inking plate and brayer, brushes, or by dipping. (Tip: Try experimenting with different colors on the same stamp for a variegated look.)
Get printing! (Tip: Keep fabric scraps on hand to experiment with different pattern, color, and stamp combinations.)
When finished, allow the paint to completely dry.
Heat-set your fabric by ironing it at a high setting for at least a minute on each side. We flipped our fabric print-side down, just to make sure no paint got on the iron.
Take a deep breath, now you’re ready to sew!