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How-To: Block Print

Block printing is an ancient art form which begins by carving an impression of your design into wood, linoleum, or any other engravable material. Once you've made your block, you can use it to make an unlimited number of identical prints. Depending on what type of paint you use, you can use your block to print paper, wood, or even fabric. Block printing is a great way to personalize your garden-variety throw pillows, or even make custom stationery.

It can be overwhelming to learn a new craft though, especially when you're reading instructions out of a book or online. It's much easier to learn if you've seen it done firsthand. So, I was pleased to come across an instructional video on linoleum block printing at Urban Outfitters by Stephen of Etsy shop Something's Hiding in Here. To watch it, read more.

I wish I'd seen this video before I attempted to teach myself. It makes learning this craft a piece of cake! You can buy all the supplies needed for block printing, including a brayer, ink, a block, and a baron at Urban Outfitters, but they're also all readily available at your local art supply store.

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