Cut out the background image from Safeprint Polystyrene using a craft knife. Ink up the polystyrene using Speedball Block Printing Inks. These inks are waterbased and intermixable. Place the paper on top of the inked up block and, using a clean roller or brayer, press firmly so the ink moves from the Safeprint to the paper. Draw out … Continue reading "Safeprint and Softcut Cards"
Very excited about this new product. Transparent Polymer Relief Printing Block. It is similar to Soft Cut but with the bonus of being transparent so you can trace images through. It is a little stiffer to cut than Soft Cut but still softer than Lino. Draw your image onto a sheet of paper and place under … Continue reading "Transparent Relief Printing Blocks"
We’ve just received some Safeprint – and it is fab (and quick!). I had a little go this afternoon with my friend’s daughter. It’s really easy to use. Simply draw your image using a sharp pencil or biro or press objects into it (the end of a ruler or an empty biro works well). Remember anything you … Continue reading "Safeprint"
Shibori is the Japanese term for creating a patterned cloth using tied/sewn/bound resists. It is what we would call tie dye! A few weeks ago I taught a couple of Shibori classes at Artworks Studio in Chichester. We tied, sewed and bound the fabrics one week and dyed the next. All of the pieces were dyed using … Continue reading "Shibori"
A basic guide to using the fabulous Soft Cut Discs. A downloadable pdf can be found here! Step 1 Draw around the disc. Draw the image you wish to print in a dark pencil inside the outline. The image will print in reverse. Step 2 Place the image face down onto the disc and then rub … Continue reading "Soft Cut Lino Stamp"
A simple guide to batik. Step 1 Pin the fabric tightly to a frame using silk pins or drawing pins. Draw the design on lightly using a pencil. Step 2 Mix up a dye base using 1 litre warm water with 10 tbsp Urea and 1 tsp of Calgon. Mix 1/2 tsp Lemon Yellow Procion … Continue reading "Basic Batik"