Because I found it, and I painted it green.
This is my new block print for my kitchen. I’ve been inspired by all of the jiffy spoony and forky prints that I’ve seen lately, so I thought I’d do my own interpretation. This is the first time I’ve printed on already printed fabric–I just used a simple cotton quilting print with a very understated design. I like the results. It adds a little bit more depth than printing on plain fabric. I carved two stamps out of Speedball Speedy Cut white blocks. This stuff carves wonderfully, but you really need to mount the stamps on a thin piece of wood for durability.
The rings in between each group of fork/spoon/knife were inspired by those old hanging baskets people used to keep fruit in in their kitchens. I always liked the chains on them. I stamped them in 2 greens slightly different than the utensils and added a contrasting earthy orange. I did not press as evenly or hard as I did on the utensils because I wanted the rings to be in the background.
Because this is going in the kitchen, after I heat-set it (I used acrylic paint mixed with textile medium), I coated it with iron-on vinyl. I’ve never worked with the stuff before, but I thought it would be a good solution to a real problem (i.e. weird food particles getting on the walls).