BRIKA co-founders Jen and Kena also believe that everyone has a creative spark, and a good DIY project is a perfect way to exercise that creativity. They spent a fun-filled afternoon with Toronto-based Maker Avril Loreti, a talented designer of colorful textiles, creating one-of-a-kind napkins using stamps made from items you probably already have around the house.
What you need:
- Solid color napkins (you could also try tablecloths, tea towels, pillow cases, or any home textile piece)
- Assortment of veggies (we used potatoes, a head of celery, and a head of garlic)
- Cutting board
- Kitchen knife and cutting utensils
- Fabric paint or textile printing ink
- Drop cloth
- Foam brushes and paint brushes
Step 1: Create your stamps. Get creative with whatever you have in your kitchen! For pretty floral patterns, use the end of a celery stalk or cut a head of garlic in half. To make your own shapes, carve into a halved potato. When you’re carving the potatoes, make sure that the recessed area is at least about 1/4 away from the top.
Step 2: Use brushes to apply paint to the stamps evenly. A little paint goes a long way! If you add too much paint the stamp shape won’t come out very clearly, and the excess paint will also transfer to the fabric.
Step 3: Start stamping! Try using different shapes and colors to create a truly one-of-a-kind pattern.
Step 4: Let your work dry completely and heat fix the paint with an iron for 2-3 minutes once it has fully dried.
Tips and tricks:
- Practice stamping on paper towel before working on your napkins.
- Smooth out little globs of excess paint on your napkins with a small paintbrush or a Q-tip.
- Try using different fruits, veggies, and household objects to create different shapes, such as a starfruit, artichoke or the end of a toilet paper roll.
- Hand-wash or wash on gentle cycle