Tess Grace is a block printing tutor who has a passion for pattern, printing, and crafting. Tess’ love for block printing started after a visit to Jaipur where she learned how to print. She is dedicated to working with children and adults to discover the joy of creating and using a variety of textiles. Tess invites all of you to “come on in and join a whole world of gorgeousness!”
Click here for a short but comprehensive guide from Tess on how to block print onto fabric and/or paper.
Tess’ Top Tips:
- Print onto a foam printing matt. You should be able to wiggle your printing block as you press down.
- Always tap paint onto the surface of your printing block, never wipe or squeeze.
- Have a practice print so that you get a feel for the right amount of paint to be used.
- Use sponge dabbers for multi-colour printing. They are much more precise.
In this short workshop, Tess Grace from the Arty Crafty Place demonstrates block printing on cards. She recommends using water based acrylic paints and printing on a single side of the card for bright sharp images. There are a number of helpful tips included in this video:
Tess shows you how to clean your printing blocks so that your wooden printing blocks can be used again and again. It all starts with warm soapy water to rinse the blocks in. Give them a quick brush. Don't leave them in to soak, and don't worry if the white paint comes off, as its not a necessity....
Block printing is a very simple and easy way to decorate a plain fabric tote bag. In this workshop, Tess shows you how to make this beautiful, Moroccan style tote bag which is completely washable. You'll learn how to use two colours on your block, find the middle of your work and avoid splashing ...
As well as taking you through all the steps to create this lovely tea towel, Tess reminds you that you do need to practice as it helps to get your spacing correct with all the blocks you want to use as well as helping you get a good image from each of them. Don't forget that you can also layer t...
Tess is passionate about block printing. In this workshop, Tess guides you through everything you need to know to be ready to block print at home. You will learn about the equipment that you need. You will learn about the basic techniques that you'll use when printing onto fabric and paper. This ...