Hand-Dyed Fabrics and Block Printing -


HOW TO BLOCK PRINT

LEARN THE ART OF INDIAN BLOCK PRINTING
 

Use recommended equipment. Items available from Colouricious*

  • Foam mat* underneath to guarantee good contact with wooden block* 

  • Sponge* to apply paint – spread thinly – try not to squeeze 

  • Fabric paint* is the right consistency – no need to water down, fully intermixable – a little goes a long way! 

  • Apply thin layer of paint evenly to block surface – do not rub or squeeze as this will clog the gaps 

  • Work from the middle of your piece of fabric – fold or iron folds in the fabric to act as a guide if desired 

  • Print background first 

  • Press the block firmly onto the fabric surface, hold it still for a second then lift carefully.  Do not rock the block as this may smudge the image 

  • Allow paint to dry thoroughly 

  • Cover with a pressing cloth 

  • Fix using a hot iron moving all over the surface for 1-2 minutes or if you are printing  a large piece of fabric it is possible to fix it on a hot setting for 10 minutes in a tumble dryer

  • Machine washable to 40°C 

  • Embellish with stitch, beads, sequins, glitter fabric paint etc

 

Julia Phillips

October 2014


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