block-printing

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A few of the wood block prints of the Door Gods, Qin Qiong and Wei Chi Gong, available from the Mountain Folkcraft shop in Hong Kong. Door gods or menshen 門神  are the deities of doors, gates and passages, portraits of them were posted on doors (especially around Chinese New year) in the belief that they could keep evil spirits away and bring peace and luck.

Source: Mountain Folkcraft

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Saw the top picture today (whoever that teacher is, you are amazing. Thanks for posting it) and got inspired to make my own, but a small linoleum block version.

Literally none of my students appreciate this joke. I shall nerd-laugh to myself then.

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Block Print Tutorial for Repeating Patterns in Cosplay!

When you need to paint a repeating motif, or worse create the illusion of patterned fabric, masking tape or freezer paper can be a lot of work. Screen-printing is an option, but if you don’t have space or funds for another hobby, consider block-printing.

I’ve used this technique a few times, for my Rapunzel bodice and skirt panel, as well as trimming some skirts.

Here I’ve used:
-A 12x12 piece of Softoleum, available for about 15$ in Canada, smaller pieces for less. You can also use Lino blocks or Soft-Kut blocks, but I find Softoleum sturdy and easy to cut.
-A Lino Cutter will run you about 10$ and comes with 5 blade shapes.
-Speedball Fabric Paint in Amethyst and Night Glo White

1. Start by drawing your design onto your stamp block. Here I made a stencil, for accuracy. If your design isn’t symmetrical, keep in mind your print will be a mirror of how your stamp looks!

2. Use a Lino Cutter, like the red one on the left, to trace the edges of your pattern, where your negative space should be. Then scrape away inside the places you want empty. I also cut off the border so you need to carve away less space, and also can use the leftover for smaller stamps.

3. Your stamp should look more or less like this, with all the areas you don’t want painted hollowed out.

4. Prepare your paints. The Speedball Amethyst was pretty close to my fabric colour, so I’ve mixed it with the lighter Night Glo fabric-paint.  The Glo properties have lent a green tinge than you would not normally get using normal white.

*Do a test-swatch to decide your colour is correct on your fabric.

*You should probably test your entire stamp to make sure it isn’t mirrored, and that all intended negative space has been removed.

5. I apply paint to my stamp using a sponge brush, but you can also fill a pallet or use non-porous surface as a pallet, then dip your stamp.

The sponge gives you more control over how much paint is used, but is more likely to result in a sheer stamp.

If you dip your stamp in paint, it will be more opaque, but be warned the more paint, the more likely unwanted splatters and rough edges will occur.

There are paint rollers available for block printing, which can also be used to paint your stamp.

When your stamp has paint on all the positive space, flip it over and press it, paint-down, onto the desired place on your fabric. Be careful not to shift it once it has touched, or this will result in a double image or blurred edges. To make sure pressure is applied evenly on larger stamps, I place a book over top.

6. Take off your book or other weight, then carefully peal off your stamp, making sure not to let it slip back onto the fabric or you still risk a double image. Ta-dah!

7. Repeat as many times as needed.

This example is for my current Anime North project, Shoomlah’s historical Rapunzel, so if you’d like to follow progress I’ll be posting here, and to my cosplay page.

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Limited Edition BLOCKHEADS Print Series

These awesome blind box 5" x 5" prints created by Drew Wise feature cubed characters inspired by our favorite games! These are giclée prints on watercolor textured paper and are available for 1 week only, ending July 21, never to be sold again. Pick yours up at The Yetee in three purchase options:

1 Print = $10. This gets your one limited edition print of a random design. Packaged in series one exclusive envelope.

4 Prints = $35. This bundle gets your four limited edition prints of random designs (no duplicates)

16 Prints = $135. The COMPLETE set. This bundle gets you all 16 prints, plus a yet-to-be-revealed bonus secret print.

And check out the cool Promo Video!

Block Printing | Everything Golden

Long time readers will know how much I love block printing. I think it’s the carving that I enjoy the most - it’s so rewarding seeing your design ‘come to life’ and seeing it printed onto fabric or paper. This DIY is to make napkins but you can print onto anything - you could even block print a repeat pattern onto a plain quilt cover! If you’re not sure about what to design, do a search on google and get inspired. You just might find a new passion!