We made these beautiful Indian Block prints using acrylic paint and printing blocks.
First we tried printing with an ordinary black stamp pad,
which worked fine, but we wanted some colour…
We didn’t have any block printing ink, but I had heard you could use watered down acrylic paint:
We made a sort of ‘pad’ using folded kitchen towel in a little dish
and watered the paint to a creamy consistency.
The dish needs to be big enough for your stamps or blocks.
After a while the colours started mixing together on the blocks, which gave a really nice effect…
Sam painted the larger blocks, partly because they wouldn’t fit in the dishes and partly to get better coverage.
We put a folded old tablecloth under the fabric to provide a cushion and help to get a better impression.
If you don’t have any carved blocks, you could use old bottletops and other found objects instead. In fact I think we might try that next time too as it sounds really fun!