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Get your Block Printing Top Tips.

I am often asked for my advice by both new and experienced block printers, about how to get the very best impressions onto fabric or paper. So I thought I would take the time to write up all of my ideas and put them together in a top tip sheet to get the very best out of your wooden printing blocks.

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“My order just arrived and I am deligthed. These are the most exquisite printing blocks I have even seen! Thank you so much for carrying such a great product”. Marinês
“I must go as I can’t wait to try out my new blocks and paint! Yours are the best I have found, I would recommend your fantastic products and service to anyone”.  Sandra

If you love to block print, print and draw onto fabric have a look at the Colouricious Fabric Paints


“Arizona is a bit of a distance from England, but a package arrived three days ago from you, intact, and full of the prettiest wood block stamps I have ever seen.  The quality is very, very good.  (I do wish they came with little “handles” on them, like a few of the antique wood block stamps I have.) Thank you for making my “gift to myself” such a pleasure.DAZ in Arizona USA”

Block Printing with wooden printing blocks – Love the idea of block printing for yourself? Looking to buy wooden printing blocks? Colouricious specialise in block printing – combining printing techniques, so you can design and print your own fabric and papers. We design, make and sell our own wooden printing blocks, for block printing onto fabric, papers, clay and mixed media art products. Block Printing is an ancient Indian printing technique. Our wooden printing blocks are all handcarved in the traditional Indian method, here in south India.

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We make and sell a wide selection of wooden stamps and are happy to deliver them to you anywhere in this world. If you want them, no matter where you live on this planet, we will ship them to you! Block Printing is an easy, quick, uncomplicated and rewarding method of fabric and paper design. In essence it is remarkably similar to rubber stamping and much better value for money. We design our own printing blocks, which are special and unique to us and not produced by any other company. Feel free to browse our range of hand carved wood blocks alternatively have your own designs turned into your own, unique printing block. We are very proud of our relationship with the carpenters as they use traditional skills and techniques to hand carve our designs. In return, we reward their dedicated craft with excellent prices.

Arts and crafts for all the family – have fun with block printing using hand carved wooden printing blocks from India.

Colouricious wooden printing blocks

Our range of wooden printing blocks are hand carved in India with traditional and contemporary designs. They are then soaked in olive oil which ensures they are easy to clear, adaptable and durable. Explore our extensive range of wooden printing blocks for sale online. These wooden blocks are the perfect resource for fabric design, block printing and mixed media projects. Block printing lends itself to a range of creative printing techniques – if you browse through our block printing website, you will see lots of creative block printing techniques for you to see how to design your own fabric, papercrafts and a range of other printmaking ideas.

Wooden Block Printing – How to block print using wooden printing blocks to design your own fabric.

How to look after your wooden printing blocks

“I’ve just received my wonderful order of the hedgehogs and frogs wooden blocks, and they are absolutely beautiful: even better than I thought they would be, and I knew they would be excellent! They arrived beautifully and carefully packed and I can’t wait to start using them – thank you very much indeed!” With all best wishes, Sally

how to care for your Colouricious wooden printing blocks

Cleaning Instructions
When using water based paints with your wooden printing blocks (such as the Colouricious Textile Paints) simply scrub the blocks with hot soapy water after you have finished your block printing.
However, when using acrylic or any other paints, please wipe clean with a damp cloth as soon as you have used your blocks. When dry, the plastic based paints solidify and clog up the carving.  If you do not care for your blocks they may end of very unhappy – just like this elephant on your left!
Learn to create your own fabrics with the art of block printing  with wooden printing blocks also known as wood stamps.

“I was very excited to get my parcel so quickly but I was blown away by the quality, sizes, and intricacy of the blocks.  They are so beautiful.  Each is a work of art.”  Roberta Australia

Wooden block printing is an ancient form of printing across the world, through out history. block-printing-fabric-craft-textilesAlthough Colouricious  specialises in Indian block printing, we are also inspired to design our own blocks based on patterns, especially ethnic design, from around our globe. Patterns are so wonderful! With these wooden printing blocks, play with pattern theory, build up layers, create new surfaces and combine various printing techniques, to create something completely unique and yours.

block-printing-textile-designQuestion -“I recently placed an order on your indian wood blocks stamps and I thought they were  random designs from India. After my purchase I realised that it was actually Coloricious own designs! Im about to start my own little business selling my own printed textiles. But when I realised that the stamps I just bought from you were your own design maybe I can’t use them on fabrics that I want to sell ?!  


 Answer – “yes of course you can sell fabric you have block printed with our wooden printing blocks. We love the idea of you being creative with our designs. It would be wonderful if you linked to Colouricious of course, but that is not mandatory. We just want you to have fun and create new and wonderful textiles. So go ahead, sell to your heart’s content”

Here are some ideas for what you can use your wooden printing blocks for. .Quilting Arts

  • card-making-scrapbooking
    Textile Art
  • Stitching
  • Embroidery
  • Patchwork
  • Scrapbooking
  • Decorative Papers
  • Card Making
  • Printing wrapping paper
  • Pottery Clay Ideas
  • What else can you design?

Textile Art Techniques VidCast by Bonnie McCaffrey presenting block printer Jamie Malden

Learn to design your own fabric with wooden printing blocks

The Story of Indian Block Printing using Wooden Printing Blocks

Colouricious Textile Holidays – if you love textiles, holidays and India, then you will love our textile trips – we find real events with real people – visiting towns and villages where the block printing fabric and embroidery is actually made. Join us for your incredible India trip!


Learn even more creative textile art techniques with our Colouricious textile art workshop dvds


hand-print-fabric-quiltsLove Textiles  – If you love textile arts and crafts and looking for new ideas and blogs, supplies and inspiration, Colouricious specialises in promoting textile art featuring leading British textile artists.

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Make sure you always handle your wooden printing blocks with care, they will print really well on fabric & paper but that also depends on the type of the paint you use. See the gorgeous scrumptious set of of fabric textile paint that will print perfectly on fabric for your textile design.


“LOVE them! Incredibly fast shipping-enjoying the fun-sturdy, well done and everything a wood block print should be-so much better than those flimsy little pink things in all the craft stores 🙂 LOL-With my own carved ones, I’m going to have to step up my game! So thank you for a great experience-have to go play with them now.

Sincerely, Theresa”


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