Centuries ago, the art of block printing revolutionised reproduction techniques, allowing printers to make one master copy and almost endless duplicates. Printing was born!
If you fancy peeling yourself away from the inkjet printer at your desk and trying something a little more challenging that pressing Ctrl+P, then having a bash at block printing may be the way to go.
The process of block printing is simple, a “plate” is made by cutting or scoring a design into a material such as lino or polystyrene, ink is applied across the plate and then the plate is placed on a sheet of paper to create a print. Simple!
There’s plenty of block printing supplies to choose from including lino and polystyrene sheets, lino cutting tools and plenty of inks and mediums to keep you printing away.
It’s also a fun activity for kids, and is a step up from the simpler block printing process of using a tattie as a printing plate!