To start off with block printing the first and foremost thing I had to think of was what material would I use and how would I create the blocks to print with, putting on my thinking cap I tried to be as creative as possible. I drew out a star on a foam sheet and used a carving knife to cut it out, now that I had the star I went on a hunt to collect other items I could use….
4. Old ring boxes
5. A coke bottle cover
And a few other odds and ends.
I glued the star on to the ring box.
Wrapped string around another ring box.
Stuck a heart broach on a coke bottle cover.
Sliced a potato in half and then in quarters.
Cut a tomato in half.
Collected a few good sheets of white paper and made use of my collection of water colours.
Since I was doing this for the first time I didn’t want to waste fabric or fabric colours till my hands were well set. Now that I was well prepared, I started to experiment.
I had a lot of fun experimenting with different colours and objects. I was able to create a variety of shapes and textures and now have a first hand experience with block printing. It feels great to have achieved all this by myself and a lot more confident than before.