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Perfect Fabric Prints with Indian Wooden Blocks

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Indian Blocks come in a wide variety of designs perfect for printing onto fabric and paper. It can be a bit tricky to achieve an even, bold print on fabric so here's our method of printing with these blocks!

Handprinted Fabric Paints are perfect for printing these blocks onto fabric. We've scooped out a little of a variety of colours onto an Inking Tray: Mushy Pea, Kiwi, Yellow, Sea Green, Forest, Cloudy Blue and Royal Blue.

Loading up the blocks with a sponge is a good way of getting even coverage on the design. Dipping the block in paint would  result in a blobby, messy print. We're using Paint Applicator Sponges.

Place your fabric on top of a Foam Printing Pad. This gives the right amount of padding underneath the block to ensure that the whole of the design prints evenly on the fabric. You don't need to press hard to achieve a good print.

You can blend different colours with the sponge onto the block to print varying shades.

Layer up your design by loading up another block with paint and printing over the top.

These block designs are Starburst and Starburst Circle.

Some Indian Blocks are designed to be repeated, like this Circle Square block.

Printing using the Applicator Sponges and Foam Printing Pad  helps you to achieve an even pattern when printing in repeat.

Again you can blend the colours on the block with the sponge to print changing colours.

Even blocks with flatter printing areas like this Triangle will print evenly on the printing pad.

Iron your prints when they're dry to make your fabric washable with a lovely soft handle.

To print using this method you will need:

 

 

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