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block printing with hand carved stamps

March 18, 2013 | Projects | Comments

Mariah is back with another inspiring idea and directions for block printing! Why haven’t I done this already? Using a soft rubber stamp, carving tools and some fabric paint, you can create your own fabulous designs to stamp napkins, tablecloths, T-shirts, tea towels, sheets… whatever you want! How awesome is that bear she etched above?!


What you need: 1. An ink roller 2. A soft printmaking block 3.Carving tools 4. Water Soluble Ink 5. Vintage hankies or blank napkins 6. Old spoon 7. Old cardboard


To make the stamp, you’ll first draw your image on the rubber block and start carving away the areas that you don’t want to show. Once you have your stamp ready, squeeze some ink onto a large piece of cardboard and with your roller spread the ink out so it’s evenly distributed on the roller. 
Then roll the ink onto the block. You might need to carve away more areas outside the image that the ink has adhered to. 


Spray your fabric with water and place on top of the block directly onto the ink, use a roller or a spoon to press the fabric into the block. Carefully remove the fabric and let dry. The ink used for this process is thick and usually takes 24hrs to dry. Once it’s dry, it is safe to machine wash.

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