block printing with hand carved stamps

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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8 responses to block printing with hand carved stamps

  1. Dee
    March 18, 2013

    Wow that looks amazing! I love this idea. How hard was carving from the print making block?

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. March 18, 2013

      Thanks Dee!

      It wasn’t hard at all, the rubber material is really soft and easy to carve. You may want to start with a less intricate image. You can also buy different size carving tools for better precision.

      Good luck!


  2. March 19, 2013

    Haven’t done something like this since high school! Looks like stamping (from letters to artwork like these) is really IN!

  3. March 19, 2013

    This looks like fun! But, I’m not the best free hand artist, would tracing onto the block work too?

    1. March 19, 2013

      Yes, absolutely! You can use tracing paper and trace your image directly onto the block. I’ve done it that way before and it works like a charm!

  4. It looks so nice. I’m never good with art work. I love this creativity. Keep it up.

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