It is the summer holidays here and often I am trapped in the house minding children and I have to find some creative outlet which works on the kitchen table.
I have to be able to supervise them and do something that isn’t toxic and easy to clean up. For me this is block printing.
At the moment I am obsessed with the beautiful Fuchsia flowers growing here and wanted to do something immediate with this flower. Block printing is a great way of turning an idea into a real usable ‘thing’ in an hour - rather than weeks.
All you need are the bits and pieces in the picture here and some fabric. You can cut out shapes onto foam, rubber or lino. I stick them on plastic or a piece of wood - anything flat. Once it is dry it is ready to print with. Try out your stamps on paper first so that you don’t waste fabric. When you are ready stick your fabric down on the kitchen table with masking tape - cover your table if it is precious. Then you are ready to print.
I use ‘Permaset’ ink because it is really thick so seems to work well with stamps. The iron is used to set the ink - and then that is about it. I’ve only got a few ink colours at the moment so these aren’t the most exciting prints - but anything is possible.
Here is a photo of some good books on printing too. Enjoy! x