I’ve been creating linoleum block prints for years; I’ve always found something appealing in the stark black and white of solid ink shapes on paper, and then the variations of ink colors and paper types. I’ve always enjoyed making prints, too, and linoleum block prints are just about the easiest to do.
Years ago when I wanted to “print” my own holiday cards I designed a few simple cuts. I returned through the years with other ideas, mostly involving my cats as I love their silhouettes, my designs growing more elaborate and detailed, and I added color both in the inks and in the work itself, hand-coloring each print with watercolors.
Then I realized that I could print on fabrics thereby opening a whole new world of possibilities, and, realizing how popular T-shirts are, I began printing on tees along with other textiles.
Like the rest of my block prints, I usually print these in sets of six and sign and number each shirt just as I do the prints on paper that I sell as wall art. Each tee is a work of art, just as the framed prints are. The tees you’ll see on the Dharma site aren’t all the block prints I create, though, only the ones I print on tees.
Visit this page on the Dharma Trading e-newsletter site to see the designs published and read my explanation of how I came to print the tees and how I came to use Dharma Trading for purchasing my tees and other textiles.
Visit the Feline Block Prints page on my website to see other designs that I’ve printed on paper as well as tablecloths, curtains, placemats and a host of other things.
Visit “What’s New in Bernadette’s Studio?” to read more, or visit this page on the Dharma Trading e-newsletter site to see the designs published and read my explanation of how I came to print the tees and how I came to use Dharma Trading for purchasing my tees and other textiles.
You can read about them on my Marketplace blog in the article Unique Block-printed, Hand-painted T-shirts!
And you can always go to the Block-printed T-shirts page in my online Marketplace.
I highly recommend them for their huge selection of just about every garment blank imaginable (an a few unmentionables as well), their friendly and extremely helpful staff and their choice to purchase fair trade garments and fabrics when items are imported. Not only their selection of garments is huge, but the other materials they offer as well—all types of dyes along with clear instructions about best usage, plus materials for tie-dye, batik, hand-painting and any other way you can think to decorate fabric. I’ll be printing aprons and tote bags, soon, too, and I can’t wait to go shopping!