Pretty printed prancing period Persian ponies

Painting in some of the details on the silk

Painting in some of the details on the silk

For an A&S night (a SCA evening where we practice Arts & Sciences) one of the local artisans taught  a workshop on block-printing, and let me borrow two of her fabulous wooden blocks – winged horses based of an extant Persian fabric. While the original is woven, the blocks make great look-similar-from-a-distance printed fabric!

(Check out her page “Adventures in Block Printing” on Facebook here, and her original inspiration for this block here.)

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Block printing wood blocks

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Not too long ago I liked the Facebook community “Adventures in block printing”  since the artisan is local, and I’ve loved seeing what she’s made in person – of course all of those delightful posts have made me itch to do some printing of my own as well – I haven’t done block printing since design school.

You should totally check out her page – it’s full of inspiring and creative images, plus lots of step-by-step photos and original source inspiration photos!

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Of course I have my old blocks from school.. (which I might show off at some point, but this is really more of a ‘shopping’ post than a block-printing post!) but I wanted NEW pretty blocks – possibly ones that I could use for some costume elements too…

I bought all these stamps from Charan Creations (https://www.etsy.com/shop/charancreations) on Etsy – and they came from Brampton, Ontario super fast! Makes me almost feel guilty that I haven’t yet found the time to actually USE them yet. Small steps.. small steps… They came well-packaged and seem to be well made.. here’s hoping I’m equally successful when I pull out the fabric and paints!

Indian Hand Carved Wood Block Stamp- Large Medieval Pattern

This one is my favourite I think! (direct link from seller)

While you’re checking out the Adventures in Block Printing Facebook page – don’t forget to “like” my dress diary page too! https://www.facebook.com/DawnsDressDiary