Hand Print Patterns – There is much excitement here at Freshly Found, as lockdown has provided a wonderful opportunity to explore a variety of handprinted projects.
I have been working on some lovely projects and am looking forward to adding to the Freshly Found product portfolio soon. In the mean time, it is a delight to share some snaps from the experiments. I used grass and glass to print with, as well as potatoes, linoleum and embroidery blocks.
Hand Print Pattern Ideas
Beautiful vintage finds make my heart sing! For years, I have had my eye out for possible printing blocks! Consequently I had a bunch of material which I could experiment with.
Cutglass vases may not be tops in decor circles at the moment, but many have interesting patterns underneath. The base needs to be flat in order to make a good print impression. The pear-shape cutglass bowl was ideal. The interesting circular geometric print came from the base of a glass salad bowl.
One of the most joyful prints for me to do, was the one using vintage embroidery. Firstly I mounted some sections on thick cardboard. Then I rolled the paint over with a brayer. The raised embroidery sections picked up the paint, and made some tenderly beautiful prints.
The grass was quite tricky to print with. Nevertheless, the outcome was so leasing!
Winding string around some thick cardboard made interesting stripes!
Carving a pattern out of cardboard with linocut tools produced a fabulous flower pattern!
All in all, a very satisfying experiment!
Hand Print Patterns and Beyond!
What a delightful font of inspiration Molly Mahon has been! She has been prolific in her tutorials and encouragement to everyone to get printing with potatoes! A few of my experiments were as a direct result of her input!
Have you tried leaf prints before? I tried Cape Honeysuckle prints a while ago, and fortuntaely they worked really well! Another ‘found’ item used for printing with a pleasing outcome!