Printed Tea Towels

Now that the Drawing Challenge is over, you think I’d have time to make other awesome things, right? 
You would be half right. 
This last week I’ve been interviewing for jobs (wish me luck) and rediscovering the wonderful world of watercolor (I’ll be sharing some of that work later) and you know… my t.v. won’t watch itself.
But I have a new project for you guys…that is actually pretty easy.
All you’ll need are some erasers, acrylic paint and sponge brush, a gouge or x-acto knife, and a few cotton hand towels.
I found a few of these erasers in my basement. I’m pretty sure they were bought back when I was in elementary school.
These are the perfect size to make little stamps, which is exactly what I did.
I drew a little design on it, then cut around it using my gouge. An x-acto knife will work as well…or even a sharp knife.
Just don’t cut yourself. 
I have a fear of cutting my fingers- I have a thing with blood…my hands go numb. It’s weird, and hard to explain…point is, I don’t use a gouge often.
After my stamp was made, I mixed up some acrylic paint and just used the paint like you would a stamp pad.  

When you use acrylic paint, it dries hard. If you don’t like that feeling, you can dilute it with water and thin it out. That way when it dries, it won’t be as stiff.  

Acrylic paint is also permanent, but for good measure, I ironed it for a few minutes after the paint had dried. You can use them, and wash them and they’ll be just fine. 
I made a ton of these towels, and love them. I really like the hand printed quality. 
The only problem now is that I have a ton of towels. 
I think all my friends will be getting a wonderful handmade gift from me soon. Haha.
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  1. says

    Love the hand printed tea towels; they are beautiful and would make great gifts for sure! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial!

  2. says

    I love your “Don’t cut yourself” advice. I did exactly that when I was about 9 and making lino cut prints at school, took a chunk out of the end of my finger with a tool just like yours! I still have a tiny scar (sorry hope that wasn’t over-sharing)
    Anyway, these tea towels are lovely and would make great gifts, your friends are very lucky!

  3. says

    Your designs are gorgeous! I’ve wondered about using acrylic paint instead of fabric paint for projects like this. Thanks for the info!

  4. says

    I’ve made these eraser stamps before too. Yours turned out so cute on the towels. Thank you for sharing this and your cute Easter basket at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely weekend! ~Deborah

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