Topic: Indian Wooden Block Printing

Block Craft- Trees & Leaves Indian Block Printing Set

Posted on May 27, 2016 by - Indian Wooden Block Printing

Indian Wooden Block Printing Set

The featured Block Printing Set this fortnight is our Trees & Leaves Set!  This wonderful kit contains a mixture of 7  wooden printing blocks, the set is normally for sale on our website for £40.50 but for 2 weeks starting from the 27/05/16 to the 10/06/16 you can purchase this kit for only £35.50 despite being worth £50.50 if you brought all the designs separately! ( Such a bargain)

Please click here to head to the product page to see more and order this set!

Indian Wooden Printing Blocks- Hand Printed Cards

Indian Wooden Printing Blocks- Hand Printed Cards

We thought we would show examples of cards and envelopes with various blocks from the set! The large Spring Tree fits perfectly in the centre of the card, and looks great printed in different colours!  These are just plain brown square craft cards I brought from my local craft shop, we also sell packs of plain cards and gift tags on our website. I actually used fabric paints on these cards, I went with Terracotta, Brilliant Blue, Red and Grass Green, but you can also use poster paints and acrylics when printing onto paper or card!

 

Hand Block Printed Card and Envelope Hand Block Printed Card and Envelope
Hand Block Printed Card and Envelope Hand Block Printed Card and Envelope

Hand printed matching envelopes with different blocks from the set. The smaller blocks are the perfect size for hand printing your own gift tags !

hand block printed paper

I also LOVE these Tea Towels which we printed using the printing blocks from the set!  The first fabric Tea Towel is printed  in Olive Brown Fabric paint and the second one is printed  in Olive Green Fabric paint!  I started off by printing the largest block randomly all over the tea towel first which is the Spring Tree and then used all the other blocks to fill in the white space!  I love just using one colour for printing, I think it looks so effective, I can really imagine a set of 4 tea towels all using the same blocks but 4 different colours!

 

Hand Printed Tea Towel Using Trees & Leaves Printing Set

 

Hand Block Printed Tea Towel Using Indian Wooden Printing Blocks

Here I am using the small dotty tree for a funky pink and turquoise Tea Towel!

Indian Wooden Printing Blocks- Block Printed Fabric Block Craft

Indian Wooden Printing Blocks- Block Printed Fabric Block Craft

Featured Block- Large Seed Head Repeat

Posted on May 27, 2016 by - Indian Wooden Block Printing

Indian Wooden Printing Block- Large Seed Head Repeat

Our 2nd featured Indian Wooden Printing Block this May is our Large Seed Head Repeat Design!

ON SPECIAL OFFER FOR ONLY £11.50 FROM 27/05/16 TO 10/05/16

Click Here to head to the Product Page & Purchase 

This is another really popular design, especially once customers have seen how it looks printed.  Sometimes it  is not enough to see a photograph of the printing block online or at a show amongst all the other designs  but once people have seen what it looks like printed, they have to have it!!  If you have seen us at various shows you may have seen our Cushion Cover sample which is printed with the Seed Head Repeat! Doesn’t it look FABULOUS!

Hand Block Printed Cushion Cover

Hand carved Indian Wooden Block Printed Cushion Cover- Seedhead Repeat

Hand Printed Seed Head Cushion Cover

We have just printed onto one of our Natural Blank Cushion Covers which we sell for £5.00, they are fantastic quality with a zip closure.  You could also just print onto any old cushion covers  that could do with a new lease of life!

Something a bit different!

At WI Centennial Fair last year we met the lovely Jenniffer Taylor who was a contestant on the Great British Sewing Bee, she was amazing and made it to week 5!! I’m sure much to Jenniffer’s disappointment she was beaten by a pair of velvet trousers!! Since then she has started the Sewing Revolution, and is currently running workshops in and around the midlands based around upcycling and encouraging people to sew!  Jenniffer was attending an event in London, to which she had to make her own dress, and it turns out she used our Large Seed Head Printing Block and printed part of her fantastic dress!

Please click here to read Jennifer’s full Blog post, and learn more about how she made this fantastic block printed dress!

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Hand Block Printed Fabric

Block Printed Scarf

Block Craft- Hand Block Printed Scarf
Indian Block Printed Fabric using Seed Head design

Indian Block Printed Fabric

 

Hand Block Printed Scarf using Indian Printing Blocks

 

Another item which we had a lot of fun printing onto was one of our White Blank Scarves  these are also £5.00, and print beautifully! Again printing as a repeat design looks fantastic, and also if you make any little mistakes you just don’t notice once you have finished! I used our Fabric Paint in Duck-Egg Blue, I only used half a 60ml pot!

 

Indian Block Printed Tea Towels

Lovely Block Printed Tea Towels using our 100% Cotton Blank Tea Towels, you can find these for sale under Block Craft Blanks for £2.50 each or 5 for £10.00

Hand Block Printed Fabric Tea Towel

Seed Head Repeat Tea Towel Using Aubergine Fabric Paint

Indian Wooden Block Printing- Block Craft

 

Indian Block Printed Fabric Tea Towel

Block Printed Seed Head Tea Towel In Mustard Fabric Paint

 

Hand Printed Cards

  You don’t just have to print onto Fabric, the design also looks fantastic printed onto card, and even wrapping paper!

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This is a fantastic printing block, which can be used in so many different ways! Dont forget, you can purchase for the next 2 weeks for only £11.50!

Block Craft Afternoon Tea Block Printing Set

Posted on May 13, 2016 by - Indian Wooden Block Printing

Indian wooden block printing set- afternoon tea designs

You may not have seen already but we are starting to add to the website a whole mixture of Block Printing Set’s which are available to purchase, we have sets ranging from mixtures of Paisleys to Trees & Leaves to Hedgehogs- so hopefully there is something there for everybody! These are a fantastic way to build up your selection of blocks with coordinating designs, or to buy as a wonderful gift for someone.

Each fortnight we will be focusing on a different block printing set and showing you what you can make & create with it! The Block Printing set will also be on special offer for 2 weeks at super discounted price!

The first set we are looking at is the Afternoon Tea Block Printing Set which is made up of 6 different Indian wooden printing blocks! The selection of blocks really is aimed at using them for printing Tea Towels & kitchen fabric with, but are also versatile enough that you can explore using them in different ways!

This set is on special offer for a short period at only £39.00, the set is actually worth £55.50! Click here to purchase this amazing printing set!

(We used the block printing set in our project video- click here to watch!)

The photograph of the Tea Towel below is one we printed using the whole of the Afternoon Tea Block Printing Set, it’s so easy to create a wonderful hand printed item with a selection of different blocks and colours, Please scroll down to see our step-by-step guide of how to print your own Afternoon Tea Tea Towel!   Or scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what other printing we have been doing with the printing set.

Block Printed Tea Towel using Afternoon Tea Printing Set

Block Printed Tea Towel using Afternoon Tea Printing Set

 

How to print your own Afternoon Tea Tea Towel

Equipment for block Printing Project

1. Printing Equipment- what you will need

 

 

 

 

Block Printing Paint tray

2. Getting yourself ready

Pour your fabric paint onto your paint tray, leave space between each of your colours so they don’t mix

Each colour should have its own sponge

 

 

 

 

 

Afternoon tea wooden printing blocks

3. Practice Printing

Lay your printing blocks out ready, mine are colour stained as I have used them before. If you are using brand new printing blocks ensure you do some test printing first on scrap fabric or paper as the blocks need to absorb a tiny bit of the paint, your first prints are never your best.

Even if your printing blocks aren’t brand new, it’s always a good idea to do a few practice prints first!

 

 

 

 

Blank Tea Towel

4. Always print on the foam board

It’s not a very well known fact that you must ALWAYS have something soft underneath you when you print to ensure you always get a good print result, because the blocks aren’t always flat you need to be able to give them a good wiggle when printing, so a foam board or old towel will allow you to do that.

Lay your Tea Towel out on your foam board, and remember to move the foam board down the Tea Towel as you love with your printing.

 

 

 

fabric block printing

5. Adding the paint

Dip your sponge in the paint colour of your choice, tap of any excess paint from your sponge so you don’t have any big blobs of paint on your sponge the paint all over the block, turn upside down and firmly push down

Slowly try and rock the block to make sure all the edges have been printed- being careful not to twist the block as this will smudge the paint!

 

 

 

 

Indian wooden block printed fabric

6. Continuing to print

With a design like this it’s much easy to print with the same block and colour several times, this way its much quicker to build up your design.

Start with you biggest printing block first, this way when you build up the design you can fit the small blocks in the left over space,

It’s rather hard to fit a large block into a small space!

 

 

 

Indian Wooden Block printing

7. Bit more printing

You can use whichever blocks you want, in any order! The brilliance of the set is that all the designs are really versatile, and don’t need to go in any order.

Have a play around with the order in which you use them in and where about you place them, when printing a design like this you don’t know what it’s going to look like until the end, but keep printing- it’s going to look FAB!
8. Adding the Stars & Flowers 

Once finished printing with the Jugs & Teapots I like to use smaller simple designs like the Star & Flower to start filing in the white spaces. With my Tea Towel I decided to leave white space and not
fill all of it in- this way it doesn’t look too busy!

indian fabric block printingIndian Wooden Block printing

Once you’re happy with your design leave your fabric to dry! Don’t forget to set the fabric paint by either ironing or tumble drying  your item, once you have done this you’re finished!

 Take a look at the photographs below which show how else we have been using the Afternoon Tea Printing set:

 

Hand indian block printed tea towel

Block Printed Tea Towel using ‘Small Dotty Heart’ in Turquoise

Hand block printed Tea Towel

Hand block printed Tea Towel- Blue Starry Teapots

Indian wooden block printed fabric

Indian wooden block printed fabric

Block Printed Tea Towel

Block Printed Tea Towel

Indian wooden block printed tea towel

Indian wooden block printed tea towel

Indian Block Printed Jug Tea Towel

Indian Block Printed Jug Tea Towel

Block Craft Project- Indian Block Print Your Own Tea Towels

Posted on May 13, 2016 by - Indian Wooden Block Printing

Hand Indian Block Printed Fabric Tea Towels

 

So if you haven’t already had a go at this either at home or on one of our workshops, hand printing your own Tea Towels with Indian Wooden Printing Blocks is such a fabulous, fun and therapeutic project!  There are so many creative ways to use your printing blocks, and printing your own Tea Towels is just such a quick, easy and rewarding project for yourself, I really like to print them as gifts for Christmas & Birthdays and its great because you can personalise them to the person you will be giving it to by choice of colours and designs!

I had a clean out not so long ago and threw out all my old boring tea towels and filled my draw with unique and funky new ones, I have built up quite a collection as we are always printing tea towels as our samples when we are at shows & events, so I admit I may have had a slight head start- but this doesn’t mean you can’t do the same! Printing your own tea towels give you the freedom to choose your own colours and designs and create something that you just couldn’t buy in any shop!

All you need to print your own Tea Towels is:

 

Please be aware the video is a bit hap hazard! Maggie who was filming seemed to record everything she wasn’t meant to and at the point when she was meant to press the record button she switched the recording off! (Please stick with it, this is all a bit new for us!) But we have managed to somehow create a video, so hopefully it makes sense!

Hope you have enjoyed our first video and it has inspired you to print your own Tea Towels!

Happy Hares

Posted on May 13, 2016 by - Indian Wooden Block Printing

Hand Block Printed Gift Tag

One of our featured blocks this month is our hugely popular ‘Sitting Hare’ wooden printing block!

(Please click here to visit the product page)

We first had the design carved well over a year ago now, and every time we took him out to a show, we sold out- every time without fail, it was total madness! We couldn’t get them carved in India fast enough! (they also kept getting missed of our orders, but that’s just India for you!)

Hares do seem to be massively popular at the moment, everywhere we go we seem to see a beautiful printed card, or fabric with an array of different styled Hares, possible it’s the time of the year, or just what’s currently in fashion. For anyone who’s interested I stumbled across an article about ‘Hare Mythology’ on THE FIELD website, please click here if you would like to take a read of the article, it might shed some light on why we are all so mad about Hares!

Take a look at what we have been printing with this wonderful Indian Block

Hand Block Printed Gift Tag

Hand Block Printed Gift Tag

 

Printed gift tags are the perfect addition to your hand block printed wrapping paper! The annoying thing is for me, is that I always print my paper, and it looks so fabulous I’m in such a rush to dry the paper and wrap up the gift I forget about printing the tag, Until I have wrapped the present up and think … ‘ well where’s my matching tag???’.  The sitting Hare block only just fitted onto the tag that I was using, so I had to print on a bit of a slant which I don’t mind, but if you had a bigger tag you could print him sitting straight.

 

Hand printed wrapping paper, using Indian wooden printing blocks

Hand Block Printed Wrapping Paper

Hand printed wrapping paper, using Indian wooden printing blocks

Hand Block Printed Wrapping Paper

Here is some of the wrapping paper I printed when we first ordered the Hare design. For the wrapping paper we always use simple brown paper, I think it may also be called brown package paper, you can find it in the pound shop, or online in big bulk rolls! We can get enough of it, it’s is perfect all year round whether it’s for Birthdays or Christmas, and it suits every occasion! Lots of people we speak to at shows say they already wrap presents in brown paper and string, so why not do some easy Block Printing and bring your brown paper to life! I decided to print in Black and White which really makes the Hare stand out, I was a bit hesitant at first, thought it might be a bit boring, but I think it works really well. When printing paper you can use any paint, I used acrylic paint.

When you start printing make sure you get your first line straight, and then you can follow on from that. As you can see with my printing I have printed the next row of Hares in the gap of the row above, it really doesn’t matter if you go a bit wonky or make a mistake. Remember it’s all hand printed, it’s not meant to be perfect!!

Hand printed wrapping paper using Indian wooden printing blocks

Present wrapped in hand block printed wrapping paper

So once you have printed your paper, you just need to use it to wrap your wonderful gift in it, I always tie up my presents with hessian string, I like the more rustic feel personally. (Don’t forget to add your hand printed tag, which I clearly have in this photo! whoops!)

I think the wrapping paper looks fab, it’s very alternative and striking, it’s also a design which you can use all year round.

Hand printed Tea Towel using Indian wooden printing blocks

Hand printed Tea Towel using Indian wooden printing blocks

Another great way to use the Hare is block printing onto Tea Towels, when printing onto fabric always remember to use a fabric paint so your item is washable! I think it’s a great addition to any kitchen. As I said, Hares are so popular at the moment, what’s the point in buying something when you can print your own!!

If you love Hares as much as we do, and love the idea of block printing with Hares as much as we do, then please keep an eye out as we have new designs coming in shortly, and we have ordered several more styles of Hare!

IT’S ALL ABOUT FLOWER POWER

Posted on May 29, 2015 by - Indian Wooden Block Printing

set of 3 simple flowers- hand carved indian wooden printing blocks

 

Since it’s been such sunny weather lately, we thought it was only right we got the flowers out, and we have FAB flowers!

We’ve got 2 styles that we just can’t stop printing with! A funky abstract set & a more simple shape flower set-

Both look amazing, especially when you print them onto tea towels in multi colours! These bright colourful tea towels make great presents for friends & family or just to keep for yourself!

All the flowers can be brought individually, or in a set of 4- which is great value for money, and well worth it- as there’s so much you can do with them! These are also fab blocks to use with kids- We can’t wait to do even more printing with these, watch this space as our next project with the flowers will be a curtain!

Click here to view these and other flower printing blocks we have!

hand carved Indian wooden printing blocks flowers

Funky Flowers hand printed onto Tea towel

hand carved Indian wooden printing blocks

Simple flowers set- Indian wooden printing blocks £17.50

hand-printed-flowery-tea-towel-using-indian-wooden-printing-blocks
Hand carved Indian wooden printing blocks- funky flowers set

Funky flowers set- Indian wooden printing blocks £17.50

Indian wooden printing blocks flowers

Indian wooden printing blocks flowers