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make a linoprinted tshirt

Make: a linoprinted t-shirt

I’ve been meaning to experiment with printing on a t-shirt for some time now, and I’ve finally got round to it! I found some ink online called Speedball Fabric Block Printing Ink so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. I’ve also seen lots of fabrics on the high street with a black and white pattern in a handprinted style lately and figured it would be more fun to make my own!

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plate and egg cup tutorial

Make: scribble decorated breakfast set

I’ve been thinking about using a ceramic pen to decorate some simple, plain white plates and things for a while. I found these egg cups and plates in Hobbycraft, along with the ceramic pen so thought I would give it a go. I had no particular design in mind, but wanted it to be simple, fun and not to cover the entire surface. I came up with the idea of just scribbling in a masked-off area and I think it looks quite effective.

All you need is some ceramic objects that have been washed in warm soapy water and thoroughly dried, a ceramic pen, and masking tape. The pen I used doesn’t require you to bake the items in the oven, but takes 3 days to dry before you can use or put in the dishwasher.

ceramic pen project

decorating with ceramic pendecorating a plate

plate and egg cup tutorial

drawing with porcelain painter

decorate plate and egg cup tutorial

plate and egg cup tutorial

plate and egg cup tutorial

plate and egg cup tutorial



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linoprint experimental

Make: fun experimental linoprint

I can’t stop making little experimental linoprints at the moment, I’m really enjoying trying new things and going a bit crazy, so I thought I’d share each one I create with you and show you how I do it.

This one is based on trying various types of cutting action, playing with the various nibs for the cutting tool and having fun with it; hatching, stabbing, scratching, making lots of different shapes (obviously minding fingers throughout!). To make this a bit more structured the lino is marked with a grid before hand, I chose 4cm x 4cm squares. The idea is do do something different in each square:

drawing on lino for print

cutting lino grid

finished cut lino for printing

This is my finished lino, as you can see I used a variety of shapes, lines, and line thicknesses, plus I incorporated some overlapping shapes for interest (look for the circle).

inking up a linocut

Next up ink your lino with your chosen colour and get printing. For tips on how to register and print your lino see one of my earlier tutorials; ‘Making a linoprint from your sketch’

Printed edition of linoprints

And there you have it, a very cool experimental linoprint – see what you can create!

linoprint experimental linoprint experimental Grid pattern linoprint

aztec inspired reduction linoprint

Make: a reduction linoprint

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good reduction linoprint! In an effort to continue experimenting and trying new things I thought I’d try a little reduction print today, I was inspired by Aztec patterns, having just bought a brilliant Aztec inspired cardigan in the sales.

I took lots of pics as I went along, so thought I would share the process with you here. Right, lets get started…

You will need

  • Images/sketches etc for inspiration
  • Lino  – cut the the size you would like your print
  • Pencil
  • Permanent marker
  • Lino cutting tools
  • Lino printing inks, roller, and something to roll out your ink, a plastic tray for example
  • Smooth paper to print on
  • Cardboard cut to the same size as the paper you are printing on
  • Masking tape
  • A brayer or spoon

reduction lino print - how to

First draw out your pattern on to the lino. I wanted to make an Aztec inspired print so I did a bit of online image research first for some ideas. I kept the pattern simple but with enough going on the be interesting. Try choosing a theme and picking out a few repetitive elements to get you started.

reduction lino print - how to

I like to go over my pattern with a permanent marker so that I can continue to see my pattern throughout the process, so you can do this once you have finalised your design.

Now to begin cutting. The idea with a reduction linoprint is that we use the same lino block for all three colours we are using. This means we need to cut away a little bit more of the lino each time we want to print a new colour. It’s best to start with the lightest colour, I’ve chosen a metallic bronze ink, so cut away on the lino the areas on the print you want to remain white (the colour of the paper). As you can see from the above photograph I have only cut a way a few areas, meaning there will only be a little bit of white on the finished print.

registering a lino print

Once you’re happy with the lino, place it in the centre of the piece of cardboard and use the masking tape to mark where the lino is. You’ll use these guides to line the lino up to each time you make a print.

Roll out your chosen ink colour on your tray and then ink up your lino. Making sure the lino is registered against the masking tape guides, line up the paper to the edge of the cardboard and lay gently over the lino. Press the paper down and place in your printing press if you have one, or use a brayer or the back of a spoon to apply pressure to the paper.

meking a reduction linoprint

Lift off the paper and lay the print out to dry. Print as many as you like – I created 5 prints. As you can see, the permanent marker left a slight pattern on the print but I don’t think this matters as it will get printed over eventually, plus I think it looks quite good – you could stop right here if you fancied!

Second colour linoprint

Once you have cleaned the lino thoroughly, cut away some more of the design. The areas you cut away now will remain bronze (or whichever colour you used first). As you can see I have cut away a bit more of the design, the permanent marker is still visible so I can use that as a guide.

reduction linoprint

Print your second colour, being careful to line up your lino and paper in the same way as before. Leave the print to dry – looking good huh?

cutting lino for print

Now we come the the last colour. Use your darkest colour for this layer. I’m cutting all the remaining areas away so I am just left with the permanent marker lines visible. I’m going to print this layer in black using the same registration method as before.

printing a linoprint

aztec inspired reduction linoprint

And here is the final print after 3 colours were printed. You can see clearly how the different colours have built up and why it’s important to start with the lightest colour and work up to the darkest.  These are great fun to do, and if you use water based ink they don’t take long to dry which means you can create lots of wonderful images in just a few hours. Go on – have a go!

aztec inspired reduction linoprint

aztec inspired reduction linoprint

Make a super simple photo display board

Make: a photo display board

Really simple and attractive way of displaying photos and other little bits and pieces you want to show off (without having to ruin them with pins!). I put this together after getting some of my holiday snaps printed and not knowing what to do with them!

Make a super simple photo display board

You will need

  • A pin board – I picked up some small cheap ones for 99p
  • Some material – I used some old pajama bottoms
  • Staple gun
  • Pins
  • String or ribbon
  • Some beautiful photos

Simply cut the material to cover the pin board and use the staple gun to secure it to the back. Make sure the material is pulled tightly as you go and make the corners tidy.

Either put your pins all the way around the edge, sticking them into the cork board, and wind string between them or staple strips of ribbon tightly across the board to enable you to slot your favourite photos, sketches, memos, gig tickets – what ever you fancy – in the gaps.

Make photo boards

Add pins to the photo board

Or staple strips of ribbon

Finsihed photo boards

Photo display board with string

Photo display board with ribbon

Bakable clay wine charm

Make name tags from oven bakeable clay

These cute little name tags are easy-peasy to make and can be used in a whole host of ways from wine glass charms to table place names. Why not try them wrapped around a napkin as part of a wedding table setting or as personalised gift tags for your presents?

Bakable clay wine charm

You need:

Oven bake clay (like Fimo)
Rolling pin (I used a tube of pritt stick as a mini rolling pin substitute)
Cookie cutters
Letter stamps (I used an old 12 pt letterpress alphabet I have but you can buy letter stamps from craft shops and online)
Thick needle or equivalent to make a hole for the ribbon
Thin ribbon

  1. Simply roll out the clay and cut in to your desired shape, but not too big if you are hoping to make them into wine glass charms. You may have to use initials only if the shape is too small or the names are long.
  2. Use the letter stamps to create the name or initials. Press firmly but not so the letters go all the way through.
  3. Create a whole big enough to thread ribbon through at the top of the shape using the thick needle.
  4. Heat the oven and bake the clay on baking parchment according to pack instructions – usually 130 degress for 30 minutes but check to make sure.
  5. Once cooled and hardened, tread the ribbon through carefully. Leave quite a bit of ribbon for each name tag so it can be tied easily. You can always chop off what you don’t need later.

Cutting bakable clayUse letterpress alphabet to stamp clayClay with stamped namesBake clay in the ovenmake Fimo bakable clay name wine charms

image transfer

Make wooden photo disks

I have transferred a photo onto untreated wood before thanks to this great video tutorial, but wanted to experiment with what would happen if I used painted wood. Well let me tell you it’s trickier and a bit more time consuming but I like the shabby chic result. Try it on untreated wood it you are doing it for the first time.

Photo transfer on woodTo make this magic happen I used a circular plywood disk that I picked up at a craft shop and painted white, a laser copy (must be laser for this to work), Mod Podge, Gloss Heavy gel and a paintbrush.

Covering the wood in gel medium

Cover your circle with a thick layer of the gel medium and press your copy face down onto the surface and smooth out. Leave for several hours to dry.

Phot transfer

Once dry, wet the back of the paper and gently rub away. As the image is on a painted surface it hasn’t been able to absorb as much as it would onto untreated wood so you have to be super careful. If a few patches come off don’t worry too much, it adds to the rustic charm!image transfer

Once you have removed as much of the paper as you can, cover in Mod Podge and allow to dry. the Mod Podge acts as a sealant.

Cover in Mod Podge - image transfer

I attached some ribbon to mine so it can be hung up. Hanging photo transfer on the wall