As I mentioned yesterday, I was inspired by Jesse to try my hand at block printing. If I end up spending all my money on blank cloth and block carving equipment, I point my finger in her direction... :D
My first attempt. I mixed acrylic paint with a fabric medium specifically for use with acrylics.
I used one of the wood blocks that I bought in Pakistan:
I bought these at Lok Versa, an artisan/craft fair in Islamabad, when I lived in Pakistan. I had watched people printing fabric for shalwar kameez's often while living in Pakistan, so I was excited to find some to purchase. I've tried using them to print on paper but was never happy with the results. I must say, I am so happy with the results on fabric. I don't know why I waited 6 years to try it!
Another attempt with the wood blocks. I'm not as happy with this one. The block with the squares that form a slight cross shape is not completely symmetrical so it was a bit difficult to get it straight. I think I needed to fill up more of the space altogether.
My favorite, which should come as shock to exactly no one, is this one:
Surprised by the color scheme? Yeah, me neither.
I used a potato to carve a leaf to print.
I didn't realize I had that little nick in the one side until I started printing with it, but after I finished, I actually liked the imperfection.
I need more fabric. And potatoes.