Saturday, October 29, 2011
Crafting with my kids: Indian Block printing
Last week, I had a chance to go to the “Creativ Festival” in downtown Toronto with my pal. We had a chance to meet Jamie Maldon from Colouricious who flew to Toronto all the way from the UK. I am a huge fan of block print so I couldn’t believe my luck and started a new stash. She has so many amazing block prints.
The girls and I worked on a few pieces. You need some cardstock (we used old file folders for the note cards) and newsprint (newsprint works very well for the large blocks to make gift wrap), sponges, and acrylic paint.
Here is a close up of that splendid peacock.
Here is the gift wrap.
Lots of note cards.
They make a lovely stationary gift all wrapped up in twine.
Coincidentally, I found a really special book on printing technique at a local thrift shop. It is from 1961 and by Swedes G. Ahlberg and O. Jarneryd. From the introduction on the “Pleasures of Block Printing”, the authors write:
Our aim, in writing this book is to give directions for printing methods which can be carried out by the school child, the professional man, the housewife-the amateur of any age. Many beginners surprise themselves by the ease with which they learn these methods and by the unmistakeably professional appearance of the prints they make. Many a teen-age girl might enjoy making a tie for her boyfriend and a skirt for herself using a matching pattern.
The intro says it all. We were very pleased with the results on paper and our next project is to try block printing on fabric. So exciting.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend and to all our dear friends celebrating Diwali this weekend, we wish you a joyous celebration.