Tools for Relief Printmaking

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Hey, Friend! A question I get asked all of the time is,

"What are your favorite materials for fabric printing?"

I've tried many different brands and methods over the years. To help you dive into your creative flow, I've rounded up my top 10 favorite tools that I currently prefer to print your own fabric.


Ten Tools for Fabric Printing

1. Speedball Linoleum Cutter Set No. 1

2. Inovart Eco Karve 4"x 6" block

3. Speedball Water-Based Fabric Ink

4. Ranger Archival Ink Pad

My favorite color? The "Garden Patina." Ooo, I can just imagine printing up some new leafy green stamps on an apron with that beautiful tone!

5. 6" Rollrite Foam Brayer

6. 11" x 14" Acrylic Sheet for rolling out ink

At first, I was using smaller 4" x 6" acrylic sheets since this was the size of my typical block. However, now I love a larger sheet to have plenty of room to roll out ink. I'd recommend the 11" x 14" size or larger.

7. Pencil

Just your classic No. 2 pencil will do here!

8. Printer Paper for your initial sketch

9. Blank Fabric of your choice! Fun options to get started include:

-Blank Flour Sack Dish Towel

-Blank Napkins

-Blank Canvas Tote Bag

-Blank Produce Bags

-Blank Pencil Pouches

-T-Shirt (can be found at thrift stores, at home, or online)

-Blank, cropped hoodie like this one from Blick

-Old Fabric you already have on hand to play with!

10. "The Beginner's Guide to Fabric Printing" Class

What are tools without the how-to? Enjoy this online class to learn how to create your first fabric print from design to final product! Learn more here.

Let's get inky! I'll see you in the studio!

To creativity and beyond!



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