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Block-Print Poppies

It's a good idea to experiment with the designs on scrap paper before committing to fabric. Start with the stem and leaves to help map out the composition.

See also: Silk Poppies

Tools and Materials

  • Self-adhesive foam sheets (Foamies Sticky Back foam sheets FSBW10, craftsuppliesforless.com)
  • Craft scissors
  • Clear Plexiglas or acrylic blocks, 1/8-inch thick (available at most hardware stores; have them cut to size)
  • Small chip brushes (homedepot.com)
  • Water-based transparent textile paint, in colors for stems and petals (Pebeo Setacolor transparent fabric paints SETT, in Pernod Yellow, Cardinal Red, Bright Orange, and Moss Green, dharmatrading.com)
  • Fabric, such as linen pillowcases or tablecloth

Block-Print Poppies How-To

1. Print templates for flower, stem, and leaf shapes onto card stock. Trace templates onto foam sheets, and cut out with craft scissors.

2. Peel off backings, and attach shapes to clear blocks.

3. Using a chip brush, apply textile paint to foam stem and leaf designs bearing in mind that the brush strokes will appear exactly as you paint them when printed on fabric (this is part of the prints' charm).

4. Lay fabric flat, and choose a section to print. Firmly press painted stem and leaf block facedown. Lift block from fabric gently and completely. Repeat the process with flower block: As you paint the color onto the block, use strokes that mimic the direction of petal growth.

5. To add more color and depth and to give petals a sense of movement (optional), print again in the same spot, slightly overlapping the design.

6. Let dry. Heat-set on reverse side of prints with an iron using setting recommended by fabric manufacturer.

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