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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!