Step #1: Sketch your designs on paper. PrevNext
These botanical designs range between 4"-6" wide. The leaves are 2"-3". But your designs can be any size you like.
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- Cut the plexiglass and draw with the caulk.
- Cut the plexiglass to the size you desire. You can cut plexiglass to size by scoring a straight line several times using an X-Acto knife and metal ruler, and then placing the plexiglass on a table with the score line over the edge and snapping it in one quick motion.
- Hold the caulk tube vertical and tap it against a flat surface 8-10 times to remove any air bubbles.
- Cut the tip of the tube with scissors. I usually cut about 1/8" away. Remember, the size of the hole on the tip of the tube will be the thickness of your lines, so cut cautiously! You can always cut a little more off, but once the tube is cut, you can't make the opening smaller again.
- Place your design under a piece of plexiglass and trace over it with the caulk, making sure you are evenly squeezing the tube and all drawn lines are touching the plexiglass.
- The harder you squeeze the tube, the thicker your lines will be. In some designs, this might be a desirable effect. You might want to practice on some scrap paper or plexiglass before you start on your stamp.
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Let the caulking cure for 24 hours, and then your stamp is ready.
Step #4: Paint.PrevNext
- On a sheet of plexiglass, squeeze a dollop of paint. Load the brayer with paint as you roll.
- To create an ombre print, you will need to use two paint colors at the same time.
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- Using your brayer, apply the paint on the stamp.
- You will need to make 3 to 4 passes to ensure all lines are covered.
Step #6: Print.PrevNext
Carefully press the stamp on your desired surface.
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- If your design has other components, like this one does, repeat Step 4 to add them to your print. In this case, I'll add some leaves to my flower.
- Create a beautiful botanical pattern!
Step #8: Clean up. PrevNext
- Clean your stamps immediately after use by wiping the surface with a dampened paper towel and any small spaces with a dampened cotton swab.
- Then, wash gently under running water with a little bit of soap.
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- Creative Use Suggestions
- Stamp your own designs and patterns on paper to create beautiful stationery.
- Or on fabric to make your own floral-print clothes, tablecloths, and placemats.
- Or accent a narrow wall in your home with your own stamped designs.
- Of course, stamps can also be anything other than floral. Enjoy - the list is endless!