Friday, January 3, 2014

Eat Your Kale! A blog hop featuring Rubbermoon Stamps and Stencil Girl stencils

Happy New Year!  I jumped at the opportunity to use Rubbermoon's Eat Your Kale and Kale Leaf stamps on a project because we Jenisons are big kale-eaters.  As a holiday gift I decided, among other things, to make some fun customized tea towels with a kale theme.

For this StencilGirl blog hop, we’re showcasing stencils by Kae Pea (Kristen Powers) along with Rubbermoon Stamps. Not only does Kristen design stencils for StencilGirl, but she is also the owner of Rubbermoon!
Best of all, both Kristen Powers and Mary Beth Shaw are hopping along with us!!

I gave tea towels to family friends and to each of my daughters.  I have a  thermofax screen with bundled asparagus so I made a set for each recipient.

"Eat Your Kale", by Gretchen Ehrsam

"Kale", by Gretchen Ehrsam


Using acrylic paint I pounced the paint onto the stamp surface.


The towel was placed over a padded surface.

Despite the fairly course weave of the tea towel I was able to get a nice mark with both stamps!

Next, I used the stamps and my Tribal Leaves Stencil on both paper and a length of cotton batiste fabric.

Tribal Leaves Stencil by Kae Pea (Kristen Powers)

This first piece of paper is Yupo, a synthetic paper that feels a bit like vellum.
This is a sample from a recent mono printing demo.  I love to use these as a base layer for additional marks.


Since the surface of the Yupo paper is so smooth I took a foam pouncer and "pulled" my transparent paint across the stencil surface to create a distinct edge of paint.  I like how it looks!

I stamped the Kale and Eat Your Kale stamps along the base.

I used both the stencil and my two Rubbermoon stamp on yet another sample that had been printed with Mary Beth Shaw's "Rafters" stencil:


I like the way the two Rubbermoon stamps interact with the first marks on the paper.


To add a bit of depth I used a Sakura gel pen to the printed edges

And, I add a portion of the Tribal Leaves stencil to the paper.

I love how this paper looks!
I think the combination of the Rubbermoon stamps and the Tribal Leaves stencil really work together.
What do you think?


The tribal stencil works extremely well on cloth.
Here, I am using a cotton batiste cloth that I had previously printed with thickened dye.
I was underwhelmed with this cloth and, to be honest, I had been using it as a studio rag.
Confession:  sometimes those studio rags and drop cloths end up being the best thing that happens in my studio.  I just roll with it.  LOL

Using some Setacolor transparent paint (medium blue) I pounced the paint through the stencil onto the surface of the cloth.  I deliberately varied the intensity of the paint coverage.

Result:   the cloth has a new life!  I love it!  I may finish the edges and use this as a scarf.
It has definitely seen a marked improvement, and the Setacolor paint has not altered the "feel" of the cloth.

I'm looking forward to working with all these new tools in other projects.  I see a lot of possibilities!
I hope 2014 is off to a good beginning for each of you.  Drop by and see me often!


We will have a giveaway on StencilGirl Talk blog consisting of SG product. All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on, the better chance to win. The gIveaway will close on Friday, January 10th at 11:59PM Central Time.


Here are the links to all the participating blogs.  Please be sure to head over to Maria McGuire's blog next.  Remember to leave a comment in order to be eligible for the drawing!  Thanks for stopping by!

87 comments:

  1. The fabric looks great with the stamps and stencils.

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  2. I honestly don't know what to say!!The things people think of & do continues to amaze me. .I love it. Thanks

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  3. I would really like a gift such as this for Christmas.

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  4. and I was just wishing for more fabric stenciling. Great!

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  5. Very cool! What an informative post, I learned a lot here and now I need to go buy some Kale, hehehe. Those stamps are a kick.

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  6. Hmmm... I think I need to try some Kale! What a great gift you made for your loved ones! And I love that you were 'underwhelmed' by a part of your project...but the end product is stunning!

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  7. WOW! You have been playing! Love all the information you gave us! Thanks Leslie!

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  8. love your fabrics - lots of great ideas here!
    ...still trying to get the hubster to eat kale - maybe if I print it on the kitchen towels he will get the subliminal message ? ;-)

    happy hopping!

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  9. What fun. Fabric is so great to work on and I love what you did here with the stamps and stencil. Such inspiration for all of us.

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  10. I LOVE all of your ideas! I have been wanting to do tea towels so now I am very inspired!!

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  11. These are all great ideas ~ and super fun stamps!! Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  12. Fabulous!
    I'm intrigued by the 'yupo' paper - I'm off to check it out!

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  13. You make eating kale an attractive endeavour.

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  14. Kale is one of my fav greens. Great job on use of all products!

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  15. Eat kale ~. How creative on textiles! Nice gift! Thanks!

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  16. Great project! You've given me such inspiration. LOVE that tribal stencil.

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  17. I love stencils so much. Love what you did with the kale! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Wonderful projects! Lovin' that new scarf LOL!

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  19. The kale stamp set was very versatile. Went so many places and decorated so many things. Love the blue "rag". I will look nice as a scarf. thanks for sharing.

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    1. meant to say It will look nice as a scarf. I don't think I'd work too well as a scarf. ;-)

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  20. Eat your kale -- what a riot! You used it well.

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  21. You've given me so many ideas, I don't know where to start!! So I'll make myself a kale smoothie and think about it:) YHX!!

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  22. Lots of great ideas Leslie...and you'll be happy to know I'm having sweat kale slaw with my dinner tonight ;o) That cloth would make a great scarf!

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  23. I love the use of fabric with the stamps and the stencils. I am going to haveto dig out my fabric box!!!

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  24. Leslie, don't think I have ever had Kale, but will try it now! ha-ha! Thanks for hopping- great pieces!

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  25. What a great gift idea! M sure they loved it. Me...not such a big fan of kale unless its in soup.. :) hubby loves it though.

    Shawna
    Jsbarts.blogspot.com

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  26. LOVE KALE!!!! thank you for a NEW way to use it!!! :D

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  27. Would love to win a set of Kae's stencils! Thank you.

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  28. Amazing, Leslie!
    Love! Love! Love! Love!

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  29. Terrific use of that stamp....and great gift idea!

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  30. liked the second 2 projects. and would love to see the fabric done as a scarf

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  31. Those stamps and stencil do go together well. I really like the blue cloth - what a great scarf it would make. Enjoyed your comments about different products and great tutorial. Thanks!

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  32. Nice use of all those materials and you made me laugh when you admitted that your wipe up cloth turned into a project and maybe a scarf.

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  33. Awesome work, Leslie! Must have the "kale" accessories!

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  34. Thanks for the tutorial. I love they way your towels look. I dye silk scarves and always throw in my mop up scarves, I have never had one come home!

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  35. Oh my, I love these towels! Nice!

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  36. Those towels are such a cool gift - thanks for sharing all your process.

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  37. I love those towels, stamped with one of my most favorite veggies ever!

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  38. I always think it brave of an artist to print on cloth. This does inspire me to try. Thanks for that.

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  39. Thanks for the tutorial! Great project!

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  40. What a great project! I love the way to dragged the pouncer down the stencil on the Yupo.

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  41. Leslie, I have to be honest with you. I've never worked with stencil, stamps on cloth. But now, you've inspired me to give it a go. I love the colors used and how the Kale looks so great with the tribal leaves. I would be so honored to receive a tea towel with the methods you've used. What a learning curve I'm on!

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  43. cool. thanks for the inspiration

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  44. (Oh, had a misspelled word.. try,try again...)
    Anyway, your Tea Towels are TOO cute to use!!

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  45. That Tribal Art stencil is a great one. Love your projects.

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  46. Holy SCARFORAMMA!!!! I LOVE it!! Yes, yes, use it as a scarf! Wonderful job ;.) I envy this since I am not comfortable of remotely knowledgeable utilizing what inks on various fabrics... I may just have to do a bit of 'research' :>)))

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  47. Turned out fabby-dabulous!!!! Wow!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  48. What fun! I'd love to know more about Yupo paper. I've been looking for it locally with no success.

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  49. I'm on my second round of Kale for the new year myself, so an eat your kale stamp would be an appropriate fit.

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  50. Never would have thought of using small stamps like that on fabric, but they look great!

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  51. Yes, the stencil worked great with your 'eat kale' reminder!
    textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  52. You had so many good things here I had to read through the whole post twice to take it all in! Bravo. And yes, I love kale, too! Very Much. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  53. Again another cool project, this hop is wonderful. I've learned a several new things, so inspiring.

    Thank you for sharing.:)
    Sar Tann on fb

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  54. Oh I want to get my setacolours out right now, that's a lovely transformation

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  55. I love the idea of stamping on fabric. I really have to try this. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  56. I love your tribal patterns. I am so drawn to them. I have a few old paint rags that I never threw out. I'll have to pull one out and give this a try. Thanks for sharing

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  57. Beautiful work! I am sure the recipients loved their tea towels. I am intrigued by all your techniques. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  58. I love the happy accidents of crafting! Like your studio rag being upcycled into a future scarf! I made a Valentine's day wreath a couple of years ago & was glittering the large hanging heart for the center of my wreath when I ran smack dab out of red glitter! So I finished it with purple glitter & it turned out even better! And another time I was making a sunflower wreath & I wanted a red with white polkas bow on it - had my heart set on it. Turned out I was fresh out of that kind of ribbon. I was standing at the kitchen sink washing the paint off my hands and pouting about the ribbon I didn't have when I realized that the dishwashing soap bottle was kind of in the shape of a bow if I had 2 of them . . . This led to dumping the remaining soap out of the bottle, cutting it in half length wise so that with the front and the back and the bottom I had my bow shape. Painted white polka dots on the inside of the bottle then painted over that with red & glued it all together & I had my cartoonish shaped red with white polka dots bow as the finishing touch to my sunflower wreath! Happy accidents happen all the time in crafting! Thank goodness for them! :D :D :D

    If you are bored & you wanna see my sunflower wreath you can see it here:
    https://www.facebook.com/GeriJohnson013/media_set?set=a.3871155090801.2150445.1036342162&type=3

    And my part purple part red centered Valentine's Day wreath here: https://www.facebook.com/GeriJohnson013/media_set?set=a.3370590777006.2140963.1036342162&type=3

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  59. Very beautiful. You are amazing how you can put all that together!

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  60. Wow you got good results on the fabric that is hard to do. Love your playfulness. Thanks for sharing

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  61. Neat project. I love how you pulled the paint over the stencil. Something new I need to try!

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  62. So nice!

    http://trippyjae.blogspot.com/

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  63. I think this is the 2nd post I've seen on this blog hop, stenciling on fabric. I wouldn't have thought of that, but is very clever. tfs

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  64. This hop is proving to be very inspirational!

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  65. I love the tribal stencil with the blues! Very cool!

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  66. what great tea towels.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  67. Would love to try these now that I am addicted!

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  68. Love the tea towel idea and the tribal stencil is great!

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  69. thank you for the inspiration a prize in itself. loved everything you made and will have to follow you now. kae pea and stencil girls are two of my most favorites i thank you for all you do and the chance to win. xox

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