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Round Gelli Plate – combined with block printing

Round Gelli Plate – combined with block printing

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First, spread a thin layer of fabric paint onto the surface.Then press the wooden printing blocks onto a round gelli plate.Then put a piece of fabric onto the round gelli plate. Now you can use Colouricious block printing and have fun!
Combine gelli plate printing with block printing for your textile designs. Round gelli plates are a wonderful way of mono printing.

We recommend to use fabric paint for this project.Once you have created your own textile art, you can use your hand printed fabric for quilting arts, embroidery and patchwork. Come and join us in the Colouricious Club if you love arts and crafts and looking for new ideas and blogs, supplies and inspiration.

Paper Craft Bead Making

Paper Craft Bead Making

You will need:

  • Some old paper such as pages from magazines or books
  • Your favourite wooden printing block and paint
  • Cocktail Sticks
  • Glue Sticks
  • Varnish
  • Monofilament line or clear elastic
  • Glass/Plastic Beads for embellishment

 

  1. Take your old paper and block print on it to create a pattern of your choice.
  2. On the reverse of the paper mark out triangular shapes that go across the full width of the paper with the point on one side of the paper being in the mid point of the base of the triangle on the other side.
  3. Cut the triangles out. The base of the triangle will determine the length of the bead and the height of the triangle will set the width of the finished bead.
  4. Take a cocktail stick and place it along the base of the triangular piece of paper and start to roll tightly towards the point of the triangle.
  5. When you have about 5cm of the triangle left to be rolled up, run the glue stick across the remainder of the triangle before finishing rolling.
  6. Once you have completed rolling all of the triangles slide them back onto separate cocktail sticks and varnish them. Stand the cocktail stick in some modelling clay or polystyrene to let the beads dry.
  7. With the varnish dry you can start assembling the beads into the project of your choice. Use monofilament line for non-stretchy items such as necklaces, or clear elastic for bracelets.
  8. Use glass or plastic coloured beads to create some variety in your project.

Felt Crafts with Colouricious

Felt Crafts with Colouricious

Felt Crafts

Felt is a wonderful textile that is made by pressing, compacting and matting fabrics together. It is durable and easy to work with, and is often the first fabric that children encounter when they get a chance to do fabric crafting.

The possibilities of using felt in a textile crafting project are endless and each project can be as complex or simple as you want. From making a side-stitched purse to detailed flowers, felt is the fabric to use.

Colouricious has a Felt Craft page on its website which includes several videos on how to use felt in projects as well as embellishing to further your felting techniques.

Felt Craft Video
If you are interested in felt embellishing then we also have two super DVDs that covers all aspects of this craft. We are running a special offer at the moment that means that if you buy the Level 1 Embellishing DVD you will get the Level 2 DVD for free! To take advantage of this offer please use the link below.

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Buy Embellishing Level 1 DVD and get Level 2 DVD FREE!


Colouricious Tutorials

Carrying on with our Christmas theme, our next tutorial is how to make a Christmas Poinsettia as a table or candlestick decoration. This tutorial is more complex than the other we have run so far, so I would suggest you watch it through before you start so you get some idea of what is required before you get your sewing machine out and get your project underway. The tutorial is well worth doing as you Christmas table would look stunning with these hand made flowers decorating it. You can see this tutorials by clicking the link below.

How to make a Christmas Poinsettia

If you have a particular tutorial you would like us to cover in more detail please contact us and let us know the tutorial you are looking for and we will do our best to get it uploaded and sorted out for you.


Colouricious Christmas Blocks

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It is just over 6 weeks until Christmas so if you have plans to make any gifts or decorations now is the time to get started. Colouricious has a wonderful range of Christmas blocks for printing. I am confident that you will be able to find some blocks that would be perfect for your Christmas Cards or table decorations.

Check out the Christmas blocks here!


The Stencil Shop
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We are growing our Stencil offering everyday with lots of new stencils available. We now have seven different Stencil categories and are very confident that we will have the perfect stencil for you.

Check out the video and our super selection


Colouricious Holidays

We have some wonderful trips and tours lined up for 2015 and we would love for you to join us. Each trip will be unique and certainly be something to create memories that will last forever. Whilst there will be a significant crafting aspect to each of the tours, it is worth remembering that India and Vietnam have so much to offer the traveller, that even the non-crafter will still find plenty to see and do. The sights, sounds and smells of these countries will stick in your mind as we explore and see villagers at work. The holidays will appeal to photographers and anybody who is keen on exploring and seeing India and Vietnam.

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Visit our Textiles Holidays page to see the trips we have already organised for next year. Booking forms can be downloaded from each holiday page and you can reserve your place.

Colouricious Holidays


Our Next Textile Show

It is now less than two weeks to go until our very last textile event of the year the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show, which opens 20-23rd November. If you can make it to this show then we would be delighted to see you. We will have all our Christmas stock on show which will definitely give you some more ideas and inspiration for your textile art.


Block Printing Workshops – More Workshops – Easier to Book!

Colouricious Workshop

We are running three workshops on the popular topic of Gelli Plate Printing at the start of the year. During the workshop you will get a chance to learn to design your own fabrics with gelli plates using a variety of different objects and stencils. The workshops will be run on:

Wednesday 14th January,
Thursday 15th January and
Saturday 21st February

If you are interested in attending one of these workshops then take a look at the Gelli Plate Printing Workshop page of our website. Click on the booking tab and from there you can choose the date you want to attend and then make payment.

We have courses arranged for all of our workshops and we are planning on creating more workshops as well in 2015.

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards

Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Block Printing – in 21st Century

Ancient Art, Modern Medium

Block Printing in the 21st Century

By Jamie Malden – Founder of Colouricious

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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 Gujarat, 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. Colouricious are leading block printing specialists. As Colouricious is an online craft store, you can buy wooden printing blocks, book textile art workshops and even book

Colouricious Textile Holidays.

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How to make a Christmas Poinsettia

How to make a Christmas Poinsettia

You will need:

  • Green and Red Organza
  • Soluble fabric for support
  • Gold Sequins for the centre of the flower
  • Ribbon for affixing
  1. Draw some templates for the petals and leaves
    • 3 small petals
    • 3 medium sized petals
    • 5 large sized petals
    • 2 leaf templates
    • 1 circular shape for joining purposes
  2. Cut the templates out and pin the petals and circle onto the red organza with the soluble fabric behind.
  3. Do a straight stitch around the edge of each petal removing the template once you have stitched around it.
  4. Do further straight stitches up the centre of the petal and out from the centre line to create the veins of the petal.
  5. Once the veins are complete, do a zig zag stitch over the outline of the petal to make the edges secure. Using a narrow zigzag stitch.
  6. Once all of the petals have been stitched, dissolve the soluble fabric.
  7. Cut out the petals as close to the stitching as you can without cutting the stitching.
  8. To give the petals some shape, fold the petal in half and just stitch up from the bottom of the petal about 1 cm along the centre line.
  9. Repeat the process for the leaves using the green organza.
  10. Once the leaves and petals are complete start assembling the flower using the circular shape as the centerpiece for all the stitching.
  11. Once all of the leaves and petals have been stitched together add some gold sequins to the centre of the flower which will hide the stitching you have done joining everything together.
  12. If you want to put your poinsettia around something you will need to fix some ribbon to the back.
  13. Alternatively you can just scatter them over your Christmas table.

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