Make a squirrel stamped kitchen towel for your favorite squirrelly mind!
I’ll admit it. I have a squirrelly mind. The first time I heard of Tan’s blog and the intriguing title, I wanted to know more. I write a blog with its own unique name (Pars Caeli, Latin for piece of heaven), and I felt a kindred spirit through the unusual naming. And, for sure, after reading the definition of said Squirrelly Mind, I completely qualify. Often. It’s awesome to be interested in many, many things right? All at the same time? And distract yourself from one awesome project to another?
Today we’re honoring all those among us who are squirrelly minded or wish to be. I wanted to create a project with squirrels because, not everyone knows it yet, but I’m declaring squirrels the new hip animal. So long hedgehogs, owls, and foxes. Squirrels are where it’s at.
Grab some fabric paint, a paintbrush, a stamping medium (found at art/craft stores or use a pink eraser), carving or Xacto knife, and a pencil. You’ll also want a towel with a flat surface for your stamping. We chose two with a color block stripe to show off the white, painted squirrels.
I printed out Tan’s cute illustration of the squirrel and traced over it with a pencil. On a stamping compound, I retraced the drawing (upside down to reveal the reverse image). I carved all the way around the details (nearly chopping off a leg) of the squirrel’s body.
Fabric paint is really easy to use. Brush an even coat on the stamping surface to create your squirrel pattern. Since the white contrasted so much with the red and brown, I went back in with my brush to make sure that I had a solid white coat for each one.
Let paint dry for four hours and then hold a steaming hot iron half an inch above the surface until the paint appears textured.
Of course, now that you have your adorable squirrel stamp, why not put it on paper for a cute notepaper set? Or stamp it all over the next package you mail?
Mine are on their way to a fantastic blogger I know with a Squirrelly Mind.
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