When I went to throw out the butt of a napa cabbage a few weeks ago, I answered "yes" to my little internal question. To Jake's dismay, I tucked the garbage back into the veggie drawer and insisted that it not be thrown away.
I dug it out last week to make this gardening journal cover. I thought a cabbage butt would make the perfect design for my green thumb swap partner, MissingWillow.
I used linen fabric in a natural color and green fabric paint to make this. I did try acrylic paint as well and found that the resulting color wasn't quite as bold. To do the printing, I covered the cabbage in a thin but thorough layer of paint. I stamped it onto the fabric and while holding it steady, pushed down and all around to try to get the stamp as even as possible. I repeated this randomly all over the ~1/2 yard of fabric I was working with.
Maybe it was a little gross but leaving the old cabbage in the fridge for a while seemed to remove some of the moisture and separate the leaves which added more definition to the print.
I complemented the printed fabric with a strip of light green solid cotton before sewing the journal together. I also used my trusty alphabet stamps to spell the word "growing" on a piece of twill tape.
I had fun putting this together and adding to my list of garbage that makes a good stamp! I have a whole pile of garbage in my craft room just waiting for a new life as fabric stamp.
Hope you're having a good week!