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Thread: Block printing?

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    Has anyone printed fabric using wooden blocks with shimmer or metallic fabric paint? How did you like the end product?

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    Oh I am so interested on this topic too. future quilt hangs in the answers.

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    They turn out pretty, but is best for wall hangings or quilts you don't need to launder very often.
    Keep the amount of paint on the block minimal, if it is too thick it can crack :wink:
    You can also use stamps for this :D:D:D

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    I have printed with a rubber stamp, and found that many stamp pads that say "dye based" still wash out easily.
    Stenciling and silk screening paints have given me better results. I would test ANY ink or paint on fabric with a thorough washing before putting a great deal of effort into a project.

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    Are you more interested in the printing technique or the use of metallic acrylics? I rarely use large doses of metallic paints or inks, but I print often (on papers and fabrics) and use a lot of items to transfer a design...wood blocks, lino blocks, stamps of all types (rubber stamps, carved erasers, foam rubber, kitchen tools, plants, found objects, food, anything at all is worth trying).

    Some tips: Spread the paint on the block with a brayer, not a foam brush, to better ensure it stays out of the low spots and have a slightly padded surface under your fabric when you print to give you a crisper image. A layer of thin batting or an old mousepad works well.

    You can print on textiles using dyes or inks as well as paints, and depending on the preparation and aftercare, all can be made permanant and washable. There is a wealth of information available about block printing on fabrics. Have fun!!

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    Thanks, everyone!

    ghostrider, it's mostly the metallics and shimmers I'm interested in at this point ( for a purse), but since I dye my own fabric already, I'm sure I'll branch out. LOL

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    I'm sure you will, too! And when you do, know that you can also print textiles using collagraph plates and an etching press!! ;-)

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