Block print gifts check a bunch of boxes for those of us who want to put some creativity into our Mother’s Day gift ideas. Use a fun technique? Check. That doesn’t require a gazillion expensive tools? Check. And lets us play with patterns and color? Check. Oh, also makes it easy to create multiples and versions? Check and check. Using the same skills we taught in our Block Printing Basics workshop, Hallmark Designer Ashley H. worked some lino printing magic on plain white bandanas and shows us four different ways to turn them into creative gifts.
Supplies for block print gifts
Paper to cover work surface
How to make block print gifts
The most fun part is coming up with your pattern and colors. For inspiration, head over to our post on Block Print Basics. You can make it as simple or complex as you’d like:
- Create one stamp or several.
- Use one or more paint colors.
- Make patterns or pictures.
- Keep the designs separate or let them dry and layer them.
- Cover the bandana completely or simply stamp the corners.
Once you’ve cut your stamp design, use the brayer to roll on paint.
Practice painting and stamping on plain paper first to see how much coverage you’ll need.
Carefully press your stamp on to the fabric, and lift it off slowly.
Let your design dry, and follow any instructions on the fabric paint (like ironing or setting in a hot dryer).
Four ways to deliver your block print gifts
You can give your linocut bandanas in approximately a gazillion ways. Here are four we love.
Use it as a fabric wrap for a box of chocolates, books or a homemade treat.
Tie it around a purse (like this one) to add a personal touch.
Iron and frame your block print bandana for a bright piece of art.
Or, of course, give it as a gift in itself. Maybe make a few in complementary colors and give as a designer collection?
Photography and styling by Erin M. Block print designs by Hallmark artists Chris G.S., Marcos R., Amber G., and Mandy E. (in order of appearance).