While I am raiding car boot sales and secondhand shops for fabric to use in my designs I come across lots of plain bedding and I have always been interested in printing my own designs onto this fabric to incorporate into my designs. But I never new how I could do this on a small budget with out buying lots of screen printing materials that can be costly. Then I came across Lino Block printing which only costs £25 for the basic kit.
The kit arrived with everything I needed to create one printing block and all I needed to do was get my head around the instructions that are not that clear. Looking back I think I should started with a easy design but me being me I though my self in with one of my bird designs. It took a few cutting attempts to understand the process and my first attempt created some interesting results.
After playing around with different techniques I found it really easy to cut out my designs and print them on to paper.
Now I had printing on paper sussed I wanted to print my designs on to fabric but was not sure on how to tackle this part so after searching the internet for advice I found the best way to block print designs onto fabric was take some old cardboard from a cardboard box and using masking tape, tape your fabric to the cardboard to stop the fabric from moving all over place while printing.
I am so pleased with the results and still can not be leave how easy it was to print my design on this recycled bedding sheet. As I said in the beginning I have always wanted to incorporate my own printed fabric into my designs. And I thought this fish print fabric would look great with my Cornish seagull designs that I have added these fish to my seagul lavender pillows.
I have enjoyed learning this new craft so much that I have found my second love after sewing. If you have ever been interested in trying out block printing I would highly recommend giving it ago and I am sure you will become as hooked as I am.
Please share with us your experiences and any tips you may have on block printing.