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Topic: Block printed pillows: raccoon and dinosaur  (Read 1456 times)
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minouette
« on: April 25, 2010 01:42:31 PM »

So I've been printing fabric with my lino block prints and making patchwork pillows of late. Here are a couple of recent ones:




Raccoon and text are carve in reverse in soft artist's lino and printed onto silk.




This is a late Cretaceous Ankylosaur, the Euoplocephalus printed on silk in a patchwork pillow with contemporary, vintage and rustic fabrics. Craftster tanisalexis screenprinted the lefts on the cream coloured fabric. (We had a personal fabric swap, so it's a mini-collaboration).
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corduroy cat
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2010 02:28:32 PM »

beautiful! i love the high five one.
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NH822
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2010 02:41:05 PM »

Love these!!!  I really like the different fabrics used and just want to touch them!  Hard to pick a fav, but I do really like the raccoon.
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Painted_lady
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2010 05:20:52 PM »

what kind of ink do you use for the printing? I've done some stamp/print carving, and the fabrics look like way fun! Also, how do you set it? Is it washer friendly? This opens up a whole new dimension!
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minouette
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2010 10:04:01 AM »

Thanks corduroy cat and NH822!
Thanks Painted_lady: I use water-based block printing ink. You can find it at art supply stores. I heat set it with an iron for extra durability. However, these are not washer-friendly: they will fade if you throw them in the washer. I recommend spot cleaning or hand washing. I've had some pillows for several years now, so the ink is otherwise durable. It is possible to use oil based block printing ink, which would be more washer-friendly, but I don't because oil-based inks are less environmentally or printmaker-friendly!

(Clean up of oil-based inks often involves solvents with VOCs, which can be harmful to your nervous system.)
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ollieorange
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2010 07:53:50 PM »

Gorgeous! I especially like the raccoon!
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minouette
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2010 12:04:05 PM »

Thanks ollieorange!
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