by Cheryl Ball
making is a laborious native craft and is actually the same as Bark
cloth. It is made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree. For
this project we concentrated on the design and colors rather than
You will need:
- Reed mat
- Acrylic paint - light green, dark
turquoise, light blue
- Foam stamps - leaf, border
- Stencil sponges
- 1” Foam brush
- Optional: compressed sponge
1. Using a dry sponge
brush, paint a 1” border with light blue paint at the
ends of the reed mat.
2. Squeeze light green, and turquoise paint on a plate. Place
the border stamp on the work surface with the design facing
up. Tap the flat end of a stencil sponge into light green
paint and tap off excess on plate. Pounce this color onto
one half of the stamp adding more paint on the sponge for
an even application on the stamp. Working quickly sponge light
blue paint on remainder of stamp, blending the paint where
the colors meet in the center. Position the stamp about an
inch from the edge of the mat and press. Use an even pressure
on the entire back of the stamp to insure an even stamping.
3. Continue around the edges of the mat adding paint for each
stamping. For a variation, turn the stamp around alternating
the green section then the blue next to the edge of the mat.
4. For the leaves in the center of the mat, sponge dark blue
on the leaf stamp. Randomly stamp the pattern on the mat,
applying more paint to the stamp for each stamping and rotating
the stamp for variation.
Option: Cut out leaf and border patterns. Trace onto compressed
sponge. Cut out and soak in water. Wring out thoroughly and
apply paint as in steps 2 through 4 above.
Acrylic Paint, Rubber Stampede® Decorative Foam Stamps, Stencil
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