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Hands into print: block print inspired home decor pieces

The other day I came across a crafty little blog post over at www.curbly.com  called “how to block print pretty much anything”.  Now nothing gets my creative spark going more than an arty blog post and if you’re a very creative DIY crafty person you’re sure to enjoy a post like this to. If you’re not sure what “block print” is, it’s a print making technique that is used to apply personal designs from a hand carved printing plate onto well like Brittni said pretty much anything with printing inks of many colours. Putting all my inspiration together here I’ve created a crafty post with some very creative DIY block print ideas that you could try to make some unique hand printed décor pieces for your home.

First creative block printing project up has to be creating your own fabrics.  Learning how to create a block print is really easy print making skill that anybody can learn, once you’ve mastered the technique and collected together your materials you can create small or large pieces of printed fabrics that once dried can be used for decoration and more.

If you’ve got a really dull and dreary bare wall in your home that is just crying out for a splash of colour, then a little printing project like this may just be perfect for you. Not only could you hang up your finished fabric piece onto the wall of your choice but also adjust and rearrange throughout the year for something new.

The second printing project I came across was making your own block print cushion covers.  You can take some plain canvas fabric covers or if you’re quite the seamstress make your own and inking up your carved printing plate repeat your own designs across it. Be sure to use a fabric ink or add some fabric medium in your printing ink to ensure that your design isn’t going to transfer colour or wash off when you come to give them a clean. Another pretty cool thing about block print is you don’t have to stop at cushion covers you could experiment with anything from bedding, curtains and lamp shades.

Lastly print making isn’t just for fabrics many talented print makers of today create bespoke prints to frame. Making your own you could embellish bare walls or spruce up that dull mantel piece adding character and colour to a room. Now that we’re all done wrapping up some very arty print home décor inspirational ideas be sure to let us know which inky project has to be your favourite and which you’re eager to try first.

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