Mother’s Day lands on Sunday, 14 May this year, so it’s time to get busy. We think there’s no better way to celebrate Mum and all that she does than with a custom-designed block printed cushion, scarf or even a tea towel. Here, we take a look at what the block printing technique entails and explore some beautiful inspiration for your Mother’s Day project.
Firstly, what does block printing involve?
Block printing is one of the oldest techniques for printing on textiles and paper, harking back to at least Third Century China – and possibly even before that! The principle is very simple: a design is carved into a wooden, rubber, foam or lino block and printed into a pattern by hand using block printing fabric ink. You can even use found objects such as string, board game pieces, buttons and beads to build up your design on a block.
25 April marks Anzac Day – the national day of honouring all Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women for their role in conflicts and peacekeeping missions. The enduring symbol of remembrance is the poppy, so what better way to mark your respect on the day than with a vivid red poppy scarf? Here’s how to screen print your very own design onto cotton or silk fabric using our water-based textile screen printing ink.
With Easter holidays just around the corner, there are plenty of people getting hands-on with egg themed crafts. If you’d like a bright and colourful result, why not consider the Permaset Aqua inks/paints you already have in your art room? These organic screen printing inks /paints are safe to use, produce a vivid result and are so easy to mix into new colours. Here are some of our ideas, either using wooden or paper mâché eggs or painting straight onto the real thing.