Monday, August 1, 2011

Guest Post: Cassie from The Veda House

Hi, Cassie from The Veda House here! I was excited when Danielle asked me to guest blog for her while she was out in New Jersey for vacation. I saw this as an opportunity to share a relatively easy DIY project that even a busy mama can try.

Block printing on fabric can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. I'd suggest sticking with a simple design for newbies and working you're way up as your comfort level grows. You can use any kind of fabric you'd like, but the smoother the better. Once your done printing, you'll have a totally unique piece of fabric to turn into anything you dream. (seat covers, pillow cases, kitchen napkins, etc) Feel free to email me with questions if you get stuck during the process. There are also a lot of online tutorials out there you can peruse.




THE SIMPLE STEPS:

1. Draw your design directly onto the linoleum block with a pencil. Using a pencil will allow you to change things up if you choose. Remember, this doesn't need to be perfect.


2.  Once you have the design how you want it, outline the design in permanent marker so it is easier to see while you are carving.



3. Etch/carve out the negative areas on the linoleum with carving tools. ( I have a tool set that allows me to switch between blade thicknesses for different line qualities) *cut away from your body ;)


4. Using a brayer ( or paintbrush), apply fabric ink on your linoleum block. "Ink" up your brayer by rolling it back and forth over the ink in your ink tray. Make sure the entire surface is covered in ink.


5. Stamp the design onto the right side of your fabric by using firm even pressure. (your pattern can be completely random or more geometric) Continue to ink the linoleum block as necessary.


6. When you are done stamping, let your fabric dry over night

7. After completely dry, iron your fabric to set the ink in place (follow ink brand instruction). Donzo!

*Tips:
-  if you by a linoleum block that is super stiff and hard to cut into, you can iron/warm the block on the iron's lowest setting.
-  if you are feeling unsure, you can do test prints on sheets of paper
-  there is no need to carve deep cuts to make it work properly. Carving shallow cuts works just as well. Hooray!

I hope you enjoy what you see here. When you have a second or two, stop by my blog to see how I bring hand-mades and vintage into my life!

11 comments:

  1. I was in a 10th grade art techniques class the first time I worked with a lino board and print! It was one of my favorite projects and I'm still huge fan! This post has really inspired me to get back into it! Lovely! <3

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  2. Really cool project.. I would never have thought to try something like this. :) Thank for your sharing! Sea Marie

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  3. I love block printing! This post totally makes me want to get back into it.

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  4. I did several of these in highschool (including a self portrait) and I miss them! They cn be time consuming and a bit frustrating, but the end product is soworth it.
    Thanks fo sharin this how-to!

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  5. How neat is that! Love Cassie and her blog! <3

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  6. This method is much easier than others I have seen. I might just have to try it!! Thanks!

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  7. Simply beautiful printmaking! Love it, Cassie. Great guest post!

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  8. Wow Cassie, that was an amazing job. It looks lovely. Just as inspiration you might want to check this out:

    http://www.saffronmarigold.com/catalog/block_printing_process/01_Photo_pg.htm

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