DIY / Tutorials
Fabric Printing Tutorial + Paint Dipped Jars
Today I have a few super simple fabric printing techniques to show you using lino blocks and foam sheets. I took a trip to an art shop near me and the supplies cost less than £20. I now have a bumper pack of foam sheets - I guess I've got a lot more printing ahead of me.
What you'll need:
Fabric Paint or Acrylic
Mount Board or Thick Card
Roller or Sponge
Warm your lino up slightly on a radiator so it is easier to cut, then select the lino blade size you would like to use. Cutting lino is simple but can be dangerous if you slip and cut yourself, so be careful. Gently push the blade down into the lino slightly and glide along to cut - I went for simple stripes. The areas you cut out of your lino will not pick up any ink and the areas that you leave will pick up the ink, your design should be quite simple if its your first go.
Once I finished my lino cutting I moved on to making the foam stamps. You can easily cut out shapes using scissors as the foam sheets are thin and easy to cut into lots of designs. Again I chose stripes but also some polka dots, I love wonky shapes. When your designs are cut out of the foam use PVA glue to mount them onto thick card our mounting board.
You now have your lino and foam stamps ready to ink up. I used textile paint but acrylic paint is a cheaper option. On some newspaper pour out a little ink and ink up a roller or sponge evenly, use your chosen tool to cover your stamps in a thin, even coating of ink. Once your stamp is inked place it carefully down on your fabric and apply even pressure and lift to reveal your stamp! Smoother fabrics like fine cotton work best but I also like the bumpy imperfect texture of linen. I used some fabric I had previously dyed using rust, flowers and fruit as well as a plain natural linen. Wait a few hours for the paint to dry and iron to set.
These techniques are very simple and inexpensive so you can easily enjoy printing fabric at home. Try printing onto cushion covers, napkins or tote bags! Please scroll down to the bottom of the post where you can see how made a jam jar into a pretty pen holder or tea light.
I hope you enjoyed these two tutorials!