The project I’m working on now in my OCA Textiles 1 course is all about printing and fabric painting techniques. I’ve been carving print blocks from erasers and corks, cutting them from compressed sponge, and impressing them into thermoplastic foam. The paint is acrylic mixed with textile medium.

block prints

I’ve also been experimenting with stencils/masks and silk painting. Just playing and learning. I wish I could spend a bit longer on this but I’ve already extended my deadline once! By next weekend I need to have spent 10 hours designing and printing a short length of fabric for an assignment. It’s a little paradoxical – I’m doing the course to motivate myself, and I know if I weren’t doing it I probably wouldn’t have spent any time this weekend working with fabric and paint. Yet I’m getting frustrated because the time pressure is stopping me from really exploring the techniques.

This was Markal paintsticks brushed over the edges of a heart shaped mask.

masked shapes with Markal

For this sample I sponged colour over hole reinforcement stickers stuck to the fabric, left it to dry, then peeled them off – I’m not sure if I like this effect but I do like the resulting coloured stickers!

sponging over stickers


6 thoughts on “blockprinting

  • November 5, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    i’m inspired. i wish i had time to do everything!

  • November 6, 2007 at 9:36 am

    great exercises,like going to the gym, but with textiles 🙂

    neki desu

  • November 6, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    ooh when I teach printing techniques the students always have so much fun, collograph is another, draping string onto wooden blocks then dry (PVA glue to stick) you can get some great prints.

    All your prints are fab! x

  • November 21, 2007 at 5:55 am

    Hi Fiona, these are interesting experiments with beautiful results! I like the way you explore different paths:) Have a great day and thanks your comment on my blog which made me come here! I’ll be back,

  • November 23, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    I saw your reinforcement hole print and loved it. it reminded me of something and it has finally come to me! have you seen the book – very hungry caterpillar?

  • November 25, 2007 at 11:52 am

    thank you all for the comments. Fiona, I used to read the very hungry caterpillar to my girls – about 20 years ago! I must track it down again given my current obseesion with holes and circles…

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