Block Print Pillow
Have the best pillow on the block! Learn to make an easy, no-sew decorative pillow by combining printmaking and soft sculpture. Begin by creating a design on Blick Readycut from the downloadable Eiffel Tower template, or create your own image! Then print with Speedball Fabric and Paper Block Printin...
- Place transfer paper on the Blick Readycut with the template on top. Trace the image firmly with a ballpoint pen.
- Carve into the Blick Readycut with a linoleum cutter until all areas that are not meant to receive ink are carved away.
- Using a brayer, evenly spread ink onto an inking plate or other smooth surface.
- Roll the inked brayer evenly over the design, moving both ways across the image.
- Place the inked block face-down approximately 1" from the top of the canvas. Press firmly over the inked area.
- Slowly peel back the Blick Readycut. If there are areas where the ink is too thin on the finished print, use a brush to darken the ink and even it out.
- When dry, fold the canvas with the image side visible (lining up the top to the bottom) and cut around the image to create the desired shape.
- Pinch the bottom of the canvas, folding it inside the front and back piece, creating an “M” shape when viewed from the side.
- Apply glue along the inside edge of the canvas. Hold it together with a clothespin until the glue sets. Repeat for the other side, being sure to leave an opening at the top to fill the pillow with stuffing.
- Stuff the pillow with polyester stuffing. Use the eraser end of a pencil to push the stuffing all the way to the bottom. Marbles or pebbles can be placed in the bottom for stability.
- Glue the remaining opening.