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T-shirt with HOT SPOTS and Transfer Foils

HOT SPOTS t-shirt with Transfer Foils

Kim Thittichai is a British textile artist who specialises in surface design. In this video, you will learn how to make your own tee shirt. You can use Colouricious wooden printing blocks to print your own design.

Here are some examples of a tee shirt that Kim has made using HOT SPOTS and Transfer Foils.

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Would you like to create your own Tee Shirt ? All you need to use is HOT SPOTS and Transfer Foil.

For this project, we recommend Colouricious wooden printing blocks and Colouricious fabric paint.

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Make your own felt flowers

Felt Flowers

This is a wonderful instructional video on how to make felt flowers. It is fairly straightforward and the finished flower is beautiful and ready to adorn any suitable craft project.

Instructions

  1. Take 3 pieces of felt about 100mm x 50mm (4” x 2”) lay them on top of each other on a firm bristled brush.
  2. Using a felting/clover tool press down through the layers of felt at 90 degrees to prevent you damaging the tool.
  3. Press the tool all over the pieces of felt until they are bonded to each other.
  4. Tightly roll up the felt into a tube and then place back on the brush.
  5. Recommence the felting turning the tube of felt around so every area of the tube has been felted.
  6. Keep doing this until the tube feels firm and solid.
  7. Trim the ends and then cut of two pieces from the tube about 5mm (3/8”) thick.
  8. Lay one piece on the brush and then overlay it with strips of organza which are about 25mm (1”) wide and 75mm (3”) long. These will form the petals of your flower so feel free to experiment with the length of each piece of organza.
  9. When you are happy you have placed enough organza onto the slice of felt, put the second slice f felt on the top and using the clover tool, press down through all of the layers several times until everything has bonded together.
  10. You have now completed your first felt flower.

You can experiment with different materials other than organza for the petals or try using shorter lengths of materials as you get closer to the top to create a more layered petal effect.

Craft a Hen Party

Craft a Hen Party

As block printing specialists we here at Colouricious are always exploring and searching for new ideas to inspire you to combine block printing with other printing techniques. Also, it is all very well creating your own fabulous fabrics, what do you do with them then? We are sure you have a stash of your hand printed fabrics by now, so how about using some simple sewing patterns to make them into adorable items for presents for friends. We have had a wonderful time making these chickens using our block printed fabric. We used a sewing pattern called “Molly, Polly & Charlie” which you can buy online from our Colouricious Shop

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Look closely and you will see that you can use a number of different wooden printing blocks and also incorporated some of your gorgeous fabric created with gelli plates. If you love chickens, you will love this quick and easy sewing patterns. We used Colouricious  Scrumptious Fabric Paint  to print these fabrics.
Have a look at the selection of other sewing patterns which you can choose

Quilting Arts – the art of block printing

Quilting Arts – the art of block printing

Ancient Art, Modern Medium

Block Printing in the 21st Century

By Jamie Malden – Founder of Colouricious Block Printing

 Block printing is one of the most ancient forms of decorative art in existence. Its origins lay in the valley of the Indus some four and a half thousand years ago. Craftspeople living in what is now Rajasthan, Pakistan and Gujurat, carved astonishingly fine and delicate patterns into local teakwood blocks. These blocks would then be soaked in olive oil for ten days and dried in the Indian sun. Then they were ready to be used to press on to vibrant, dyed cloth to create the most inspiring patterns. If you visit North West India today, you will see that artists are engaged in this same process four and a half thousand years later.

Block printing, however, is not confined to a corner of India but is making a global resurgence in the world of textile and mixed media arts. Two hundred years ago artists like William Morris, a pre-Raphaelite poet and artist, and a favourite of Queen Victoria, brought the beauty of block printing to the general public. The brilliant designs of William Morris, combined with Victorian industrial zeal, meant that block printing fabric changed form a hand worked craft to an industrial process and printed fabric patterns spread across the world and became the vogue for fashionable society. Further industrialisation of the fabric printing process rendered the blocks redundant and gradually, block printed fabric became sadly neglected. Now, the world is changing and with it comes the return of this simple and beautiful art form.

 As modern society turns away from multi-national corporations and mass production, block printing takes its place as a simple and effective way of creating individual and unique patterns that form the starting point for any surface you create on or with. The blocks are wonderfully tactile and simply enjoyable to print with. The process is uncomplicated, accessible to all and produces immediately satisfying results.   The block requires a thin coat of ink or fabric paint, then, with a soft layer underneath the surface to be printed, a reasonably firm press of the block onto the surface ensures beautiful results every time. There really is nothing more to it than that. You can be up and printing in seconds, whenever the inspiration takes you. Background printing on plain paper or fabric ensures that, whatever your style is, your surface will be eye-catching and exciting.

 However, block printing is not just a background art; they can form the central theme around which other designs revolve, be incorporated into a larger pattern, overlaid to create a multi-layered effect, or utilised in a multitude of other ways. Nor are you limited to printing with paint or ink, the blocks can be so detailed that using embossing powders or printing into a material that takes impressions will create a stunning textured pattern. Wooden blocks are also incredibly easy to use; being made of hardwood they are extremely durable and, if you are printing with water based ink or fabric paint, only require wiping at the end of each printing session. If you are printing into an impressible surface or with embossing powder then it is necessary to be more careful when cleaning then in order to preserve the pattern, however a soft brush will normally suffice to clean the blocks.

The unique inspiration you can get from block printing is not the only benefit. Five years ago the industry was in a steady decline and talented artisans were leaving traditional work of carving blocks to find more stable work in the factories of India’s massive population centres. Companies like Colouricious saw that there was a market for the work of these craftspeople. Now beautiful wooden blocks, handmade in India, are being imported for sale across the world. The craftsmanship of these Indian masters is combined with the infrastructure of a number of Western companies to make these wonderful artefacts available to everyone, provide a stable working wage to the indigenous people and keep this wonderful art alive.

Block printing is incredibly simple and deeply satisfying. Even when you are not using the wooden blocks for printing they stand alone as lovely pieces of art. I would urge everyone to get involved in block printing. Not many of us are fortunate to be able to travel to India and see the skill of the craftsmen as they hand make each block with what we would consider quite primitive tools. Or to watch the printers as they effortlessly print rolls of beautiful fabric. However, it is almost ironic that the march of progress that caused the decline of the industry now makes it accessible to all via the Internet. The little you need to get started, including free tutorials, is all available at www.colouricious.com Join in & I promise you will not regret it.

Happy Block Printing for all your  quilting arts, textile art and embroidery!

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Block Printing for Book Making

Block Printing for Book Making

Book Making by hand is a wonderful craft and it can bring joy to both the people who make the books and people who receive them as gifts. They are unique and can be personalised and make wonderful presents. You can watch the video we have made on how to use block printed sheets for book making. The instructions have been written below.

Instructions

  1. Take two pieces of card and join them together with masking tape allowing for a 2cm gap between each board.
  2. Lay the piece of block printed paper you have chosen for your outer cover face down and then apply PVA glue to one side of the two pieces of cardboard.
  3. Lay the cardboard onto the paper and press down firmly.
  4. Cut the corners of the paper off at a 45 degree angle to the cardboard.
  5. Apply PVA glue to the uppermost side of the cardboard and fold in the edges of the paper to wrap the cardboard. Apply additional glue where necessary.
  6. Chose your block printed paper for the inside cover and cut that to a size slightly smaller than the overall size of your book cover.
  7. Apply more PVA glue and affix the inside sheet making sure that it doesn’t go over the edge of the cover.
  8. Press down firmly and leave to dry.
  9. Collect together some paper for the inside sheets of your book.
  10. Fold the sheets in half and using an awl make three holes of equal distance to each other along the crease line of the paper.
  11. Place the inside sheets inside the book cover and align them so they are centered within the book cover.
  12. Using the holes you have already created in the inside sheets as a guide, use the awl to make holes in the masking tape area of the book cover.
  13. Stitch the inside sheets into the cover and tie off the thread once completed. Trim any excess threads.
  14. Your book is now complete!

Here are some samples of the books we have created.

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