I love indian block printing. I have been meaning to start print experiments to build up designs and I’ve had foam to make stamps and do my own print trials for about a year now. Yet each time I’ve thought about making one I can’t seem to find anything to use as the base. It’s just one of those things that slips my mind when I’m out shopping for supplies, and then when I’m home can never seem to find anything practical (or I have some kind of brain freeze and can’t think of anything). That is until I was taking down the Christmas tree! I chopped a few little chunks off the end and finally had the perfect base for some simple and easy stamp shapes.
1. Once you have your wood blocks cleaned and prepared cut out simple foam shapes and stick them onto the blocks. My foam was quite thin, so I glued layers onto each other.
2. On the other side of the block draw the shape to find out which way around it goes.
3. Wait for the glue to dry and start stamping. I’ve used a regular ink stamping pad, but you can use block printing if you have the time to wait for it to dry!
I’ve found through my experiments that printing onto a hard surface creates a nice crisp print, and a softer surface gives it a more rustic look.