I am always on the look out for beautiful wooden blocks at craft fairs and flea markets and I have built up a collection of vintage Indian wooden blocks in my box of treasures. I wanted to do a quick design to liven up this plain linen cushion cover and Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint. I only had 30 minutes spare to do this project so I decided to use my mini blocks to print with to make it quick and easy.
- Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (I chose colour Toulouse)
- Small artists brush
- Wooden blocks
- Old Rags
- Oil cloth/plastic to protect your printing surface
- Before printing place on the inside of the cushion cover a piece of old fabric. This will prevent the paint transferring to the bottom layer of fabric. I also placed some wadding underneath the cushion. This allows something soft for the block to be pressed into rather than the flat hard surface of the table.
2. I am working with very small motif blocks so I used a small artists brush to paint the colour on. This is a much better way of applying the paint to the block rather than stamping in the paint. If you are working with larger blocks a roller is a better way to apply the paint evenly so it is not too thick.
3. Press your block firmly onto the fabric surface with even pressure to transfer the paint and image. You may want to practice first on a piece of scrap fabric to get an idea of how much paint to apply and how much pressure is needed to get a good crisp image.
4. Repeat the process with the other blocks. Be careful not to let thick paint dry onto your blocks as this will ruin the cut out detail and create a build up of paint.
5. I have decided to print all over with a random design in all directions. This method of hand printing doesn’t always give you a consistent and even print, but this adds to the character of hand block printed fabric.
6. Once you are happy with the design hang out or leave it to dry flat. Repeat the process on the reverse.
7. Finally, to set the design, iron the fabric on a warm setting to set the colour. If needed the fabric can be washed on a gentle wash cycle.
If you are using larger blocks it might be easier to use a roller to apply the paint to the block rather than a paint brush.
Make sure you wash your blocks properly and do not allow the paint to dry. Use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub away the paint to prevent build up. After washing always dry the blocks thoroughly before printing to prevent the paint from bleeding.
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