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Arts and Crafts – ideas and inspiration for your scrapbooking and textile projects – learn mono printing with gelli plates

   

Learn about Monoprinting
A different way you use your wooden blocks

Gelli plates are a wonderful way of mono printing fabric and papers. What is a gelli plate you may be asking yourself? Essentially a gelli plate is a thin slab of soft squidgy silicone type material. When you watch the inspirational vidieos on how easy it is to use gelli plates, you will learn how to apply the paint (always with a brayer aka roller to get a thin layer of paint)
Watch and learn how to use a gelli plate
The ideas are endless and very exciting. However, as block printers we love to press our wooden printing blocks onto the gelli plate to get a reverse affect and then create another layer on top with a positive affect. If you are looking for a different way to use your wooden printing blocks then pressing them onto a gelli plate may  just be the thing for you.

        

The latest gelli plates on the market are the round gelli plates. Watch the videos of what you can create with the round gelli plates remembering that whatever is shown on paper you can replicate onto fabric – remembering to use Colouricious fabric paint for a lasting permanent result. These paints are a professional quality that apply well, mix together happily and have a very long shelf life.



You can spend hours mono printing stashes of papers using found objects. Get the young people in your life to hunt around the house for textures that work well with gelli mono printing.

recycling papers and fabrics works fabulously with mono printing – experiment and play using newspapers, tissues papers, wall papers, brown wrapping  papers – then use them to make your own wrapping papers, tags and cards for birthdays, anniversaries and even Christmas!
There is a wide selection of gelli plates … click on each link and you can watch even more instructional videos on this creative mono printing technique.

3 x 5 – Stamping with the 3×5 Gelli Printing Plate

5 x 7 – Printmaking with Small Gelli Printing Plates

6 x 6 – Easy Fun Gelli Printing on Tags

8 x 10 – Gelli Printing Rectangular Plate

12 x 14 – Gelli Printing on Fabric

4″ Round – Gelli Stamping Layered Circles

6″ Round – Gelli Printing

8″ Round – Monoprinting with the 8″ Round Gelli Plate


Join us on a Textile Holiday

Come with us to India AND/OR Vietnam

Here is an opportunity for you to travel to a country you have always wanted to visit, but never had the people to go with! See the sights on tours that are organised in India for you to see the real life of textiles.

Our textile holidays always prove to be very popular and it is a super way to holiday with like-minded crafters. We get to see wonderful sights and you get to experience how crafting fits into the daily routines of villagers as we tour around the region.

We have our regular trips to Jaipur and Rajasthan which are always very successful and enjoyable, but this year we have expanded our itinerary to include Vietnam. We travelled to Vietnam for the first time in March this year and it proved to be a big success, so much so that we have arranged another trip for October.

We would love for you to join us on any of these trips and we know you will not be disappointed. Everybody comes back with memories that will last a lifetime as well as new friends that you can share crafting ideas and projects with. Visit the textile holidays section of our website, choose your holiday and download our booking form.

This video was taken on our last trip to Rajasthan and you can see one of the hotels we stay at and our visit to Fort Pokaram.

Latest Arrivals

Loads of new stuff to buy!


We have been really busy over the last few days getting lots of new stock and products onto our website. The new products will always appear first in our Latest Arrivals section, and in there you can see some wonderful collections of blocks and sets you can buy that will get you started. The sets have everything you need to print your first block printed project, all you need to supply is the material to print on. You get the blocks, the paint, the sponges and a foam mat to place under the material when you start printing. It is a fantastic way to see if block printing is for you. Take a look at some of these sets and see if they get your creative juices flowing.

Click on them if you would like to buy them.

Come and join us

Learn how to get more from your Wooden Printing Blocks


If you want to get more from your wooden printing blocks then we can now offer you two solutions!

Option 1

Come and join us at my home in Amersham as we enjoy a block printing workshop. At the workshop you will learn all about how to use your blocks to create beautiful designs. We work together as a team sharing ideas and advice in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The day is packed full of tips and suggestions and really does make for an enjoyable time together. If you are interested in joining us on this workshop, visit our website workshop page, choose your date and reserve your place.

Option 2

If you already meet up with a group of other crafters, then I am happy to come to your location and help your group to learn block printing skills and techniques. We can create an itinerary that is just for you and covers exactly what you want to learn. I will bring all of the items you need to be able to produce a beautiful craft project and will spend the time needed to make sure all of your group are successful in their creation.. I am happy to travel anywhere in the world to visit your group and organise a workshop for you, but please make sure you book well in advance if you are based outside the UK.

To take advantage of this option, visit our website here and use the contact details to let me know what you are looking for and we can arrange a suitable date for the workshop.

We would love for you to join us on any of these trips and we know you will not be disappointed. Everybody comes back with memories that will last a lifetime as well as new friends that you can share crafting ideas and projects with. Visit the textile holidays section of our website, choose your holiday and download our booking form.

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

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Kids craft patchwork quilting

Patchwork for children

Here is a kids craft idea for patchwork quilting.

Quilting-patchwork-block-prints  Quilt-in-a-day  patchwork-kids-crafts-block-printsKids crafts is so much fun using block prints. during the holidays why not try block printing a quilt in a day. Children can easily block print lovely patchwork pieces to stitch into a colourful quilt. Quilting for youngsters can be very rewarding if you use great colours and wooden printing blocks. if you want to know how to make a quilt here are some simple instructions.

How to block print your own fabric

1) Choose a selection of random sized fabric to use as your patchwork.

2) Block prints are created using wooden printing blocks to print onto each piece of patchwork. Remember you must have a foam mat underneath your fabric to create a clear block print.

3) Children can just print in straight rows for a simple and easy effect.

4) Try and play with different patterns with your wood stamps to create different designs. There is so much you can do with just one block by rotating it and placing it in different positions.

5) Use Colouricious fabric paints which you simply iron to fix. The fabric paints that we recommend are very reliable. When they have been fixed the colour stays permanent and you can wash your fabric up to 40 degrees without damaging the paint. Also the fabric stays soft and is not hardened by this paint.

Watch this video on how to block print

See the full range of Colouricious wooden printing blocks

Have a look at the best fabric paints that we recommend you use for your block prints to create your own patchwork quilts.

Young quilters guild is a wonderful organisation to promote and help youngsters to learn how to quilt by joining a local quilt group.

 

Ancient Greece for Kids

Ancient Greece for Kids

Ancient Greek Designs & Patterns
Classics is a really popular course in many schools and colleges in the UK. Learning about Ancient Greece, the myths and legends about the magnificent lifestyle that our ancestors lead. We have designed these Colouricious wooden printing blocks specifically for children and adults alike who, have a passion for the ancient world and creativity. Here is your opportunity to combine ancient patterns and designs along with ancient techniques of printing. You can buy 1, 2 or 3 sets whichever inspires you the most. If you are going to order 3 sets, we will happily send you, free of charge a box of 2 foam mats so that you can get your friends, children and grandchildren all involved in your creative craft project.

Ancient Greek Designs

Ancient greek Patterns

Greek Theatre

Get inspired with these wonderful Ancient Greek themed wooden printing blocks, perfect for creative craft projects with your children over the school holidays. Transform your fabrics and paper with these Greek patterns.

These Ancient Greek Designs & Patterns have just arrived from India and you are the first to know about these wonderful wooden printing blocks. We do so hope you love them as much as we do. Remember, whilst in the check out basket you can request your 2 free foam mats if you buy all 3 sets. The foam mats are essential to put underneath your fabric or paper to get a crisp clear image. 
We really recommend using our Colouricious fabric paints – the metallic fabric paint set in particular to create that certain antique patina! You are going to have so much fun sharing your textile skills with your young friends and relatives. Share the love!!!


 

For those of you, who like me, simply adore ancient civilisations, check out the
Ancient Egyptian Patterns


Go and have a look at the entire collection of
Colouricious wooden printing blocks