Let's learn how to lino block print onto fabric. This is a beginner-friendly guide that will teach you everything you need to know about this fun and rewarding printing method. Whether you're looking to make some custom t-shirts or simply want to try your hand at a new crafting technique, lino block printing is a great option.
Keep reading to learn what materials and tools you'll need, as well as step-by-step instructions for creating your very own lino block printed fabric.
Tools and Materials for Block Printing on Fabric
The first thing you'll need is some lino blocks. These can be purchased online or at most craft stores. You'll also need a carving tool, such as a small knife or set of linoleum carving tools. Other materials you'll need include:
Fabric of your choice (I recommend starting with something like cotton canvas)
A brayer (this is a roller used for spreading ink evenly)
A piece of cardboard or paper to use as a backing board
Once you have all of your materials gathered, you're ready to get started!
Instructions for Block Printing on Fabric
1. Decide on your design. This can be anything from a simple geometric print to a more complex nature scene. If you're just starting out, I recommend keeping it simple. Once you get the hang of the process, you can experiment with more detailed designs.
2. Transfer your design onto the lino block using carbon paper or a pencil.
3. Using your carving tool, begin carving out your design. Remember to carve away from yourself so that you don't accidentally cut yourself!
4. Once your design is carved, it's time to start inking up your block. Squeeze out some of the block printing ink onto a surface such as a plate or palette.
5. Using the brayer, roll the ink evenly over the raised portions of your carving until the entire surface is covered.
6. I like to put a piece of cardboard behind my fabric at this point to make a firmer surface to print on. This is essential if printing onto a t shirt otherwise the ink might bleed through to the back!
7. Carefully place your inked block facedown onto the fabric.
8. Using firm pressure, rub the back of the block with your hands or a spoon until the entire design has been transferred onto the fabric.
9. Congratulations! You've now successfully created a lino block printed fabric!
The first time you wash any material that you have printed on, be sure to hand wash in cold water. For all washes after that, you can safely put it in the washing machine with other clothes and fabric items.
Experiment with different colors, patterns, and designs to create unique and one-of-a kind fabrics perfect for any project! Be sure to tag me in your work as I'd love to see - @sineadchloe_illustration.
I hope this tutorial was helpful in teaching you how to block print with lino onto fabric! This method is surprisingly easy and once you get the hang of it there's really no limit to what you can create. Be sure to experiment with different colors and designs until you find something that YOU love! Thanks for reading and happy crafting!