We fell in love this ancient wood – block printing process and have devised a half day workshop where you can learn the techniques and print your own artwork, using beautiful colours and a wide variety of inspirational blocks.
Even if you don’t think you are very creative, the results you will get will make you think again.
First you will experiment with printing techniques, designs and colours until you are happy with the look to want.
You can print your own Liberty inspired tea towel or set of napkins by printing with a wide variety of different printing blocks.
By repeating and using different images you will build up an intricate design. This sort of design is difficult to do in your own home, due to the amount of different blocks used in the process, but the finished effect is so beautiful!
If you prefer to freestyle your design, we have many different block designs for you to print with. It’s going to be a totally unique item that you will take home.
We are so sure you will love this technique, we have kits and blocks for you to buy to take home and keep the creative juices at work. Make enough for yourself and then start creating beautiful gifts – if you can bear to part with them.
This lovely workshop is being run by the mother and daughter team, Maggie Sheehan & Tess Hucker who run The Arty Crafty Place in Oxfordshire. They first discovered the fabulous art of block printing while travelling in India. They now work with a partner in India who has a team of craftsmen who hand carve their blocks in traditional and contemporary design. All the craftsmen are fairly paid for their work and the wood used is a sustainable Indian hard wood called Sheesham. Their mission is to get the world block printing thus supporting the crafts people in rural India and keeping this amazing method of printing alive.
They are constantly researching new designs and trends to ensure their collection is fresh and will appeal to a whole range of people who enjoy craft. This method of printing is accessible for all with such a small range of equipment required so a very low cost introduction to the art.