How To Print On Fabric At Home. Economical Way.
We all are fascinated by different things in life. Some of them, we like to the point of obsession. You can say this about me when it comes to block printing. ;) I've been fascinated by it so much that almost every third fabric in my shop is a block printed fabric of some kind. Although, I love it, there are times I don't get the design of my liking. So I came up with an idea of making my own printing techniques: i.e. Block Printed Designs.
Two days ago, I took a decision to take some serious action. I started gathering my tools for block printing. My mother always says: "If you don't have what you need to make something, you can always make do with what you already have. You will realize that you have it only when you look closely at it." She means that if you want to make something, you don't require fancy tools. All you need to do is search for things or equipments that are already present at our home which can be used as those tools. It took me a full day to get all my tools in one place.
So here are my tools:
An okra (Ladyfinger in English)
A sharp cutter
Some scrap fabric to clean your hands, brushes, etc
First, I used some scrap fabric to brush up my skills as I've done fabric block printing only once before. Here's what I came up with:
Then, came the grand finale. I finally made my own handmade block prints on a lovely light as a feather voile fabric. Here's what I came up with:
For this print here, I used a stencil and a brush. It required great patience, finishing, precision and spoiling for several yards of fabric before I could accomplish this design. I have listed this damask fabric in my shop for those are interested in it.
|Hand Painted Fabric Custom Block Print Damask Tree On Voile|
|Hand Painted Fabric Damask Tree On Voile|
For this one, I used a potato. I made a freehand design on the potato and made it into a stencil. I know, I won't be able to use this stamp forever. But, it didn't stop me from experimenting with it because it's fun.:
For my third print, I used an actual vegetable. Voila! the great multi-purpose okra or lady finger! Not only do I love eating them, it is a great tool in getting a fabulous block prints.
To view more pictures of these block prints, go to my fanpage. These are just a few examples. I'll be making more of different designs very soon. Till then, I'm off to my block printing laboratory. :)