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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

4.29.2010

Block It Off


Those of us who are happier with paint-splattered fingers rather than a fresh manicure tend to be kindred spirits so I thought you might enjoy a peek at the wrapping paper Elizabeth James makes for herself. With degrees in Art History and Interior Design, Elizabeth is the creative force behind Pacific & Rose hand-blocked textiles.


And I know you've seen various types of rubber stamps applied to paper many times before, but I really like how Elizabeth uses large-scale blocks to achieve a look that resembles fabric. She also experiments on newsprint, as well as butcher paper, for a multi-layered effect.


For Mother's Day, if you have a mom who appreciates art or the unexpected, why not put a new spin on the standard newspaper-as-gift-wrap concept? Or if her taste is more classic, create something unapologetically pretty using pristine craft paper as a base.




A range of Indian woodblocks are available through Pacific & Rose's online shop (along with curtains and those terrific kitchen linens seen in past posts).


Related posts to get the creative juices flowing: The Zucchi Collection and Setting the Mood.

A word of advice: Elizabeth says it is necessary to use a blockprinting ink. She describes it as very tacky and sticky but notes that a regular paint will seep into the crevices of the block. She squeezes a little ink onto a flat surface (piece of tile), then rolls a rubber brayer in the ink to cover the brayer, and then rolls the brayer onto the block. When she places the ink-covered block down on the paper, she gives it a good thwack with a rubber mallet, to better transfer the ink. The blockprinting ink may be purchased at art supply stores, or a site for textile artists, Dharma Trading.

11 comments:

Noshii said...

woodblock are awesome!! i actually have some that i converted into wall hooks!!!!

Karena said...

She is so talented and the blocks themselves are a work of art!

Karena
Art by Karena

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

How much fun is that! And gorgious!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

That is beautiful - stop me! I don't have the time! But, I'll bet my 13-year old could find the time..hmmm....
-Trish

Kelley Moore said...

Love this! I recently found a vintage steel block for a comic strip and snatched it up...still trying to find a place to put it, though...maybe I, too, will put it to use for some custom designed wrapping paper!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I love all these fun patterns and great colors. You always have the best finds!

Ivy Lane said...

She needs to start a wallpaper line! Such beautiful prints...worthy of more than wrapping paper..I would love to look at them all day...on a wall, in my powder room, or front entry hall..or.......... :)

Charlotta Ward said...

How much fun. I want a set of blocks now! Am totally inspired. Really!

Thank you for this.

x Charlotta

Courtney said...

I've been so obsessed with woodblock printing lately! LOVE the post!

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rosiecampbell said...

I have collected old textile blocks for years! Great idea.

dialog said...

Excellent post, thank you.