Wednesday, November 4, 2015

block printing + pouch making

Yes, the title pretty much sums it all. It's all about block printing on fabric with me these days. And, since a lot of you expressed interest in knowing what supplies I'm using I thought I'd share some of what I've learned by reading tons of online tutorials and from my own (so far very limited) experience.

As you can see, my collection of hand carved stamps is growing quite nicely. I'm using the very common Speedball no.1 lino cutter with 5 attachments for my carving. 

So far I tried two carving  materials - Speedy-Carve (the pink stamps) and Speedy-Cut (whitish stamps), both by Speedball. Speedy-Cut is a cheaper material, softer, and easier to cut, but I think Speedy-Carve stamps will be more durable. I can't tell that for sure though, only time will tell.

I also bought two kinds of water based block printing inks, one by Speedball, one by Blick. So far I like the Blick one better simply because it does not have that paint odor. I think I'll try to wash them to see how they both hold up.

This laundry drying rack is perfect for keeping my freshly printed panels from getting smudged. And, I can fold it flat and store it out of the way when not in use. 

It's not all about printing though, I'm super happy about turning this printed panel into a small pouch. Pretty fun, isn't it?

I even stamped my name and sewed it into lining. Such fun!!! There will definitely be a lot more simple pouch making in the next few days.

Now, if you'd like to learn more about stamp carving and block printing, you can check out my Pinterest board. I've been pinning like a maniac lately and you can find tons of very useful information and inspiration there.

Also, you can click here for a great video tutorial on how to carve your own stamp.

 Have a lovely day, everyone. Svetlana


  1. Thank you for sharing! I've been wanting to do this for ages!

  2. Love the pouch and how great that you made it from fabric that you stamped and painted yourself. Wonderful job.

  3. Thanks for the info, I'm off to stalk you on Pinterest! (I LOVE the yellow printing on the pouch!)

  4. This is fantastic, I love it! I especially like the name stamp, it adds such a lovely touch. :)

  5. Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts and supplies . . . . I love to see your work! I, too, have been pinning lots of printing ideas/inspirations to my Pinterest boards but have not progressed as far as you as to actually PRINTING! You've inspired me to get cracking:)

  6. Very cool! What are the best fabrics to stamp on?

  7. your post makes it look so easy and I am now wondering why I have not tried it. I did do some screen printing in school but that was a long time ago. I like the stamped label. going to try this very soon. thanks for sharing.k

  8. Svetlanko, super! Strasne dlouho ukecavam Michala, aby mi vyrobil nejake razitko, ale zatim se mi to nedari. Budu muset vic zapracovat. Tvoje latky jsou krasne! At se dari :) Jola

  9. This has been on my crafty to-do list for a long time, so it is so good to see your work! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Svetlana, this is great! Me too, I wanted to try this for some time. Thank you very much for sharing. :)


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