Here’s an easy way to design a repeat pattern (without using a computer) and to block print it on to fabric.We used MasterCut for our block because it’s an easy to cut stamping material that prints beautifully. This could also easily work with Lino, SoftCut or other block printing and stamping materials. Draw around your … Continue reading "How to Design and Print a Straight Repeating Pattern"
We have been block printing using Speedy-Carve, Moo Carve blocks and Mastercut to test how each of them works. All three are carving blocks for making stamps and prints. We used: Speedball Speedy-Carve, Moo Carve block and Master Cut Lino cutter with five blades Pencil for drawing out designs Versa Craft ink pads Fabric or … Continue reading "Block Printing Using Speedy-Carve, Moo Carve and Master Cut"
The reduction lino cut is a method of block printing in which each colour layer is taken from the same block. More lino is removed from the block for each layer and each colour is printed on top of the last. This means that an entire edition must be printed in one go – once … Continue reading "Reduction Lino Cut"
We are often asked for recommendations on books to get started on various methods of printmaking. Here is a round up of our favourites for anyone thinking about learning how to print at home. Fresh Prints by Cristine Leech. 25 projects to make at home. Suitable for complete beginners. Good pics and clear instructions. Mostly … Continue reading "Beginning Printmaking – Books we love"
It can be difficult to find the right inks for block printing onto fabric, especially if you haven’t got a few days to wait for it to dry. We have loved screen printing with Permaset Aqua Textile Inks, so we wanted to try block printing with them too! You will need: Permaset Aqua Textile Ink … Continue reading "Block Printing onto Fabric with Permaset Aqua and SpeedyCarve"
Our Japanese Ply is also perfect for posting – thin and light enough to be classed as a standard letter by Royal Mail. Who wouldn’t want to receive this hardwearing postcard? This method of printing can also be used for paper and is a great low-cost press that will give you surprisingly good, consistent results. … Continue reading "Printing Postcards onto Ply!"