DIY MARIGOLD INSPIRED TEA TOWEL
gather your supplies
TRACE THE TEMPLATE ONTO YOUR SPEEDY CARVE.
NOTE, you can make the template smaller or larger when you print it out. Or don’t use it at all and come up with your own design!
Then using your lino cutter, carve out your shape that you’ve just traced. It’ll take some practice, but it’s forgiving, and remember, it’s about using your hands and really making something with them, so don’t worry about it being perfect. The imperfections make it better.
PLACE SOME INK ONTO A FLAT SURFACE.
You don’t need a lot. Use your brayer to pick up some ink and gently roll over your carved out shape.
And go ahead and start test printing. Try to use something similar to what your final piece will be. And give it a go - lay the shape on the fabric and without moving it, press down, then lift directly up. Sometimes there is to much ink on the shape, sometimes to little. Once you do it enough, you’ll start to learn the intricacies of each ink. And how many times you need to re-ink, etc. And for some, a style will start to emerge. For instance, I actually used acrylic paint with a bit of thinner in it, it wasn’t my favorite, but I wanted to keep with the marigold theme, so here we are. Anyway, you’ll see thicker lines around my shape where the paint globbed up. I don’t mind it, but some perfectionists might. :)
Anyway, keep going until you’ve covered your entire surface and then let it dry.
If you feel like being fancy, go ahead and add some stitching, or pom poms to the corners.
And there you go - you’re very own tea towel! Use it as a towel, blanket, scarf, whatever works for you.
I hope you’ll continue to experiment!