I always keep my eyes open for cool things for us to use with our paintings. And look what I’ve found for us. These are not copper tjap stamps. They are wooden stamps.
How do you use them? Here’s a short video to quickly show you everything you need to know.
These beautiful, collectable wooden printing blocks are hand-carved in India. Block printing is a centuries old method for imprinting fabric, paper or whatever! I love using them in conjunction with our batiks or mixed media pieces. They are not used in wax like our tjap stamps. Instead use these to directly print with paint onto your surface. Your best results will come from using a dense foam mat (or thick layer of newspaper) underneath the surface you are printing onto.
For a wonderful intro to block printing, watch this DVD YouTube video by talented textile artist Jamie Malden owner of Colouricious in the UK.
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Because these are made of wood and not copper, they are also very reasonably priced. Check them out at http://www.kathiegeorge.com/shopping/wood-block/.
Have fun with my new find!