A while back, we received an awesome before & after — in video form, no less — from Jaime Morrison Curtis of Prudent Baby. Jaime transformed her empty porch into a stylish, eclectic gathering spot by creatively revamping salvaged items and throwing in a few well-chosen accessories. If anyone is interested in creating a similar look, you’re in luck! Jaime has created tutorials for several of the furniture and decor pieces on her porch, including this awesome chevron printed fabric bench. The greatest part of printing your own fabrics is how inexpensive and simple it is, and the irregularity of hand-cut prints works perfectly with patterns like this chunky chevron. I can’t wait to use this idea to print some fabric for new fall pillows. Thanks for sharing, Jaime! — Kate
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Read the full how-to after the jump!
- Speedball Block Printing Kit
- oil-based block printing ink in black
- plastic tray
1. Determine your design. You can draw it right on the block like I did (remember, it will be reversed when you print), or you can draw it on paper, use a pencil to shade in the back of the paper, then put the shaded side down on your block and trace the design to transfer it. If you transfer it, use a Sharpie to go over your design on the block so it doesn’t smudge. Then use your cutting tool to cut out the white space from your design.
2. Squeeze a small amount of ink into your tray. Wear gloves, as it gets everywhere and is hard to get off your hands. Use your roller to evenly distribute the ink. Even distribution is key.
3. Use the roller to roll the ink onto your block. Go back and forth a few times to distribute it as evenly as possible.
4. I did a practice stamp on a piece of paper, and it was just what I wanted! You can get it more even, but I liked this look. I also wanted to ensure my print would line up so I could make any necessary adjustments, but it was lining up just fine.
5. Lay your fabric on a flat surface. Put a piece of cardboard under the fabric for an even, clean working surface. Stamp away, reapplying ink to the block after each stamp.
6. Continue until you’re all stamped up. This would also be great if you wanted to do a pretty design, like a flower, that didn’t need to line up and didn’t require as many stamps.
7. Hang to dry. It takes about three to four days before you can touch it without getting ink on your hands, then another week or ten days to be sure that it is fully cured. After that, you can wash it and use it on your project!