One of our new t-shirt designs for fall is this Soul Flower block print shirt, available in women’s and men’s styles. Women’s is a poly/cotton/rayon blend, and the men’s is 100% organic cotton. And we’re selling them for $15!
The design is meant to look like a traditional block print. So how did we do it? By carving into and printing a real linoleum block, of course! 🙂
(You can buy all these supplies at your local art store.)
The design was drawn on to the block, and then carefully carved out using sharp carving tools.
When the block was ready to be printed, water-based ink was rolled out on to a slab (piece of tin foil = easy clean up!)
Roll the ink on to the block in an even layer.
Block has a shiny, sticky layer of ink on the surface.
Got our paper ready (a thin rice paper is best for block prints), and grabbed a wooden spoon.
Lay the paper on the block, and burnish with a wooden spoon so the ink sticks to the paper and leaves a good, dark print.
Then we peeled the paper off, starting by peeking under a corner to make sure we burnished the ink down enough.
The next step was to scan the print into the computer, do a little adjustment so the design was completely black and white (no grays), and blow it up so it is larger than the original small size of the block. Send it over to our screenprinters (another cool printmaking process!), and you get an awesome final product!
Wanna win one?
Leave a comment on this post if you’re interested in scoring one of these tees (either women’s or men’s) free! We’ll randomly pick 3 winners on Friday, August 27.