This Easter long weekend I am keeping busy with printing shirts for a few friends of mine. I recently posted a shirt featuring a newly carved heart block stencil:
- Speedball Fabric and Paper Block Printing Ink
- Linoleum block
- Lino carving tools
- Hard rubber brayer
- Plain white shirt
I learnt something new over the past week regarding the transfering of ink onto material. I stumbled across a video online that featured a gentlemen using a hammer to tap his inky lino blocks onto his custom shirts in order to transfer the ink as evenly as possible. Hand pressing your stencils without a hammer onto shirts is fine, however, I couldn’t do it so that enough ink would transfer from my block and onto my shirts.
Ideally a printmaking press is the best for this however they cost a lot of $$$ and most are for etching/ paper printing. Tapping example below:
Future online shop – Big Cartel
A few year’s ago I created an account with Big Cartel however I had never finished setting up my shopfront. Back then I neither created enough products to sell nor did Big Cartel allow shop holders to link their paypal account to the platform. We had to arrange for a 3rd party plug-in that costed quite a lot of money especially if I wasn’t even trying to break even with my forcasted sales.
Anyways, once I have established a formal system acquiring stock, producing the shirts and delivering/ posting them then I will promote it.
To be continued…