Block Printed Chair

If you’re a lover of relief printing (or would like to be) but squeezing little prints through a press isn’t your thing, here’s an idea for block printing
that’s a little different:

We recently got hold of a couple of lovely old chairs that were in need of a little TLC. We’re using a piece of SoftCut Lino and Caligo Relief Inks to revamp this one!

Here’s how to do it it:

We used a piece of 75x75mm SoftCut Lino.
We used SoftCut because it’s easy to carve and can be bent around curves – perfect for the design of this chair. Use a soft pencil to draw your design
onto the SoftCut.

Use a lino tool with a deep V shape to
carve the edges of your design.

Use a larger, flatter U shape tool to clear all the areas that you don’t want to print.

Mix up your ink. We are using Caligo Relief Inks which are completely lovely to work with and easy to mix into the perfect shade. They’re oil based but water soluble so they’re easy to clean up with

When you have mixed your shade, roll out a small area of the ink onto your glass or palette. It shouldn’t be squelchingly thick – you should hear a satisfying
zzzz sound when rolling.

Roll your ink onto your block. You can use a paper towel to remove any unwanted ink from the cut away parts of the stamp.

Place the stamp face down on the chair. We measured out the centre and started here at the bottom of the chair. The SoftCut is perfect for this as it can be bent round the curve of the wood!

Press all over the back of the stamp with the flat of your hand. Be careful to hold the stamp still! The wooden surface can be slippery and the stamp can
sometimes slide (luckily the ink can be immediately wiped off with a damp cloth in case of any slips – phew!)

Place the next stamp alongside the first one and repeat. Take care not the smudge the previous print as it will take a while to dry.

It gets a lot easier once you get onto the flat of the chair.

Bend the SoftCut around any more curved bits of wood, making sure it doesn’t slip.

Here is the seat of our chair!

We turned out chair upside down to print the back so that it was flat and therefore a much easier surface to work on.

You can use just part of your stamp to fill in the last little spaces. Just position it where the next stamp would go.

Our final chair!

You will need:

Colour Blending with Versacraft and Mastercut

There is so much that you can do with Versacraft Ink Pads. You can use them to print on paper, shrink
plastic, polymer clay, wood, porcelain, leather and fabric. Our latest project for these versatile ink pads is colour blending. Here’s how we used
Mastercut andVersacraft to make a printed
tea towel:

Start by drawing onto your stamping material with a soft pencil. We are using a piece of 100x100mm Mastercut.

Cut out your design using a scalpel or blade. Mastercut is soft and very easy to cut so fairly detailed
shapes can be achieved.

Use a lino cutting tool to cut detail into your stamp.

Use the Versacraft Ink Pads to cover the stamp in ink. We started with one base colour all over
the stamp. This Cerulean Blue is stunning for our cornflower print.

Next, take a kitchen sponge and cut it into a few smaller pieces. You can use these pieces of sponge to transfer the ink from the ink pad to the stamp.
Try to keep separate pieces of sponge for the different ink pads so not to mix up the colours on the pads.

You can blend as many colours as you like onto the stamp. Keep adding until you are happy with how it looks.

Place the stamp face down onto your surface. We are printing onto a tea towel. Press down all over
the back of your stamp with the flat of your hand. Make sure to press down over all of the edges.

Carefully lift your stamp to reveal your print! This print is a blend of Cerulean, Midnight and Forest Versacraft pads.

For a zingy centre of this next print, we added Lemon Yellow.

Here we went for dusty hues with Wisteria, Cerulean and Ultramarine.

Each print can be completely individual.

We have printed our cornflowers in a scatter pattern on our tea towel. The slightly different colour
ways look fantastic all together and covering the whole surface did not take long to do!

When your prints are dry, heat set them with an iron. This means that they will be permanent and washable.

Our finished tea towel!

You will need:

You can find printable instructions here.