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Textile Art – Block Printing

Textile Art – Block Printing


We have created some artwork to show you some simple quick ideas for you to try when you are next block printing your paper and fabrics. One message that must ring loud and clear is that of playing. You must let go, feel free and be open minded when you want to be creative. That way, once you are in the zone, you will be so thrilled with creating something that has never been printed before. Mix and match all the artistic techniques you know. We have presented some of our favourite images below and explained how they were made – with the aim to inspire you to have a go too!

Block Printing – Where to start?

Take a page from an old book, dictionary, map or sheet music. Here we have block printed some french paper which adds a little chic finesse. Place your paper onto a foam mat. Dab your paint onto the block with a sponge. First print the motif onto the centre of the page. Then print either side and work outwards. You are now printing simple rows of fern leaves that look stunning.

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Block Printing – What next?
Try rotating the print by 180 degrees and print in simple rows again, here again onto some french paper. Block printing onto paper is a wonderful way of recycling. We then use the paper for card making, decoupage and paper collages.
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Block Printing – Altered papers

To create some layers, gently wipe the painty sponge onto the paper to create a layer of colour. Block print your fern leaves randomly over the paper, without recharging your sponge – this result is the distressed weathered look

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how to create your own altered papers


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Block Printing – Layering
Dry sponge your fabric to create a layer of colour. Then block print the smaller fern leaf block in white. Then block print the larger fern leaf in a darker colour.
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Colouricious Textile Holidays – explore Indian textiles

 Textile Holidays hosted by Colouricious Jamie Malden

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We would like to invite you to join us on one of our Colouricious textile holidays.

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Textile Holidays – Time for You Time
Love textiles, holidays and India ? Here is the perfect textile holiday for you.
Having spent years doing what the family wanted to do on their holiday, now is the time for you to do and see what actually interests you. Our Colouricious textile holidays are unique in that we love to visit authentic experiences in India. Real people in real events. We are not satisfied to just visit a textile market. We want to take you to actually meet the makers and experience their skills first hand. We often travel deep into the country side to explore and discover the ladies who actually do all the embroidery, the stitching and the block printing. Check out our the list of textile holidays that we have prepared for you, read through the itineraries and see what your favourite holiday would be. We are taking bookings now for the Rajasthan Tour and also for the block printing holiday in Jaipur.
  • Living outside the UK ? Why not make your own way their and meet up with us – we are happy for you to travel independently and join our group
  • Come by yourself, with a mother/daughter, with a friend
  • Prices on the website include flight, bed, breakfast and evening meal –  almost everything – leaving you a lot more to go shopping with!
Our Colouricious Textile Holidays are very popular because we all spend time with other like minded people, who love textiles too. So treat yourself to a special holiday with lovely ladies who love what you love –  textiles, India and holidays! You will have the perfect holiday for you. Bookings now open. Simply go to our website, choose the textile holiday that you fancy and go to the booking section! Happy Holidays!

The Forest Floor Lodge, Vietnam

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Forest Floor Lodge is a unique Eco hotel and resort situated situated in Cat Tien national park 150 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) Vietnam. If boasts unique and tranquil luxury accommodation directly on the perimeter of the famous Nam Cat Tien National park providing the perfect location for Bird watching and those with an interest in wildlife. If you do not have a particular interest in wildlife, Forest Floor Lodge provides the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of hectic city life, and an insight to a rural Vietnamese lifestyle.

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The is a great range of biodiversity in Cat Tien, ranging from gibbons to geckos, from butterflies to sun bears. Elephants also migrate through the south-west region of the park. It is also known for its bird watching. With an early start, visitors can trek through the forest to see wood peckers, birds of prey such as grey-headed fish eagle and collared falconets, and many more. Whilst on a hike, visitors may also want to visit the siamese crocodile lake. Home to the critically endangered siamese crocodile, this is one of the last places you can see them in the wild! You can organise guided treks with Forest Floor Lodge. The park is host to two important animal rehabilitation schemes: the Endangered Primate Species Centre (EAST) on Dao Tien island and the Wildlife At Risk (WAR) bear reserve.

As it is situated next to the Nam Cat Tien National park, Forest Floor Loge have a very ‘green’ outlook on life, promoting forest conservation, reducing poaching and supporting their local community. One of the main problems is agricultural encroachment. There is lots of pressure to grow crops in the area due to high commodity prices for crops like cashew, cocoa, coffee and pepper. Illegal logging is also a problem, which is driven by rural poverty. Together with initiatives such as WWF, the EU and Winrock International, the Forest Floor Lodge hopes to reduce the human impact on its environment.

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Colouricious will be visiting this lodge for a few days on its Vietnam Textiles Tour in 2015. If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to look on our website or contact us directly below.

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Gina Ferrari presents Creative Free Machine Embroidery

The Colouricious DVD of the Month for March is

Creative Free Machine Embroidery

 

Gina Ferrari presents Creative Free Machine Embroidery 

Gina Ferrari has a passion for machine embroidery and demonstrates all of the skill sets needed to get the most out of your sewing machine in this DVD. Gina uses fabrics, textiles and threads to show how you can amalgamate all of them to make wonderful projects that can really add the finishing touch to your creative art.

The DVD takes you through from beginner to the more experienced embroiderer in 10 chapters. Starting with basic embroidery stitches and moving onto more ornate and intricate stitching techniques and finishing with some project ideas that Gina has completed that you may like to try for yourself. The DVD is professionally recorded to give you top quality viewing and has been indexed so you can easily find the chapter you are looking for.

Here is a snippet of the DVD so you can see for yourself the information that Gina is passing on to you:

As it is our DVD of the month, there is always a special offer, and we are pleased to be able to give you a 20% discount on the purchase of this DVD when you use the following discount code at the checkout

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This DVD is for anybody that has a sewing machine and wants to get the most out of it. You will learn new techniques, skills and ways in which to integrate your embroidery skills into all of your creative textile craft projects. Buy the DVD with this discount and we know you will not be disappointed.

Crafts For Kids – Block Printing – Textile Art

A great project for the children is the ancient art of Block Printing. It is a great craft project and simple for the little ones get started, see what these guys got up to when Block Printing with Colouricious Wooden Printing Blocks! It is a simple and easy method for kids! The fun activity enables children to express their artistic flare and imagination, whilst giving them an easy task.

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Crafts For Kids - Block Printing
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Crafts For Kids - Block Printing
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Check our Block Printing Kids Kit that are currently on SALE. Great way to get the kids started onto craft activities with this set.


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