We have used stencils to transfer designs onto fabric since the earliest days of Alabama Chanin. There is a section of The School of Making devoted to the art of stenciling, and you can read about making and using our stencils on our Journal here: #stenciling. And while we’ve developed stencils of all sorts and used them extensively, we’ve only rarely used painting, and almost never used stamping—until now. Stamp Stencil Paint by Anna Joyce offers easy-to-follow instructions for adding paint and pattern onto fabric, wood, walls, and more.

She writes about stamping:

“As a printmaker, I have a soft spot in my heart for stamps. I use my own hand-carved stamps, and I love watching the pattern grow with each impression. Stamping is very immediate—you can carve a simple one in a few minutes and then use it for years, building a library of patterns as you go. Hand stamping is also a meditation on embracing the unexpected. No matter how consistent you are, each impression is unique and that uniqueness breathes life into your patterns.”


Aside from my favorite stamping projects, you’ll find tips for transferring stencils and for the successful use of paints and brushes. I’m excited to combine some of the stamping ideas on a Maggie Dress from our 2016 Build a Wardrobe.

Get a copy of Stamp Stencil Paint, make your own garment using Anna’s techniques, and share with our community using #theschoolofmaking.


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  1. Claudia

    This comes at a great time; I’m taking an intro to block printing class at my local fabric store. I’m sure I’ll be picking up the book shortly thereafter.

  2. M.

    When I was little, we used to make wrapping paper at Christmas with potato stamps. There’s nothing like the thrill of stamping sparkly stars all over white paper while the wind whistles outside and you drink something warm and tasty. Can’t wait to get the book.

  3. karen

    I love how supportive you are for all artists. I wish more people would recognize that the more we encourage other artists, the more it enriches the entire arts community.

  4. Ginger Annette

    Stamp Stencil Paint looks like an amazing book! The end product becomes even more personal and unique when you are not only decorating with stitching and appliqué techniques, but also are altering the raw material by adding color and pattern with textile paint. Anna’s work is certainly complementary to Alabama Chanin’s – harmony is great! I agree with Karen’s previous comment that your support of other artists enriches the entire community of artists, which is a wonderful thing. Everyone benefits when we give someone else a hand up!