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customize anything w/ block printing
great for a purse or a shopping bag. sometimes i add lining to the inside too.

this technique can be applied to anything, tshirts, note cards, your jeans..anything.

Posted by Becca from Davis, California, United States • Published See Becca's 3 projects »
  • Step 1

    once you have all the supplies you can reuse many of them. for a one time only project this can get a little pricy but it evens out considerably if you use your supplies a bunch.

    first, decide what you want to print on your bag. you can draw it on paper first or like i like to do draw it right onto my lenolium block.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Block Printed Tote - Step 2
    Step 2

    cut away all the places that you DONT want to print. (the negative spaces) your block is now ready to print.

    (i had to do this step twice because i used 2 different blocks, the stripes in the background and the high heel in the foreground)

  • How to paint a painted tote. Block Printed Tote - Step 3
    Step 3

    roll a small amount of ink onto a piece of glass or plexiglass or plastic (something that can be cleaned up. i use my coffee table but my boyfriend gets mad at me)

    i uses waterbased block printing ink. it comes from most art stores. a lot of other paint wont work because it isnt the right consistancy. oil based ink will wash a little better but its harder to clean up.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Block Printed Tote - Step 4
    Step 4

    roll the ink onto your block. make sure you get a thin, even layer over the whole thing.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Block Printed Tote - Step 5
    Step 5

    place your block ink side one the bag. you only get one try so make it count. press it down really well all over. i like to also flip the whole opperation over (make sure the block stays in place)and rub on the fabric side to make sure all the ink prints.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Block Printed Tote - Step 6
    Step 6

    pull the block off and you have your first color printed. follow the same steps with the second block. you can line it up however you like.

    let it dry and voila! you'll probably want to heat set it with an iron if you're planning on washing it.

    and dont worry it sounds harder that it really is.

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Becca · Davis, California, US · 3 projects
you can find the linoleum at any real art supply stores. craft stores usually dont have them.
Ryden · 28 projects
I think you could find these supplies in a place like Utrecht or any art supply store. I really like this project! An alternate route to printing things like this is to screen print. You will probably need access to an art studio to make the screens, but once you have them the process is pretty easy.
Betty K.
Betty K. · New York, New York, US · 17 projects
this brings back good memories! i made a printing block years ago in school and it was a lot of fun... do you know where the linoleum blocks are sold?

ps luv the shoe design!!

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