I thought we’d kick-start the week by looking at something extra special that I’ve been meaning to post about for a while now.. Indian block printing!
I was reminded of my love for this artform a few months ago when I came across this video from West Elm – it’s so dreamy, it makes me want to dash off to India immediately. If you aren’t sure what block printing is, this video will be a great introduction :)
It’s a very old way of printing using hand-carved wooden blocks, and the results can be spectacular. It’s easy to forget, though, that the hand-carved wooden blocks can be just as beautiful as the finished results! Just take a look at these beauties from Ta Ta Indian Wood Stamps on Etsy…
Aren’t they amazing? I find it hard to imagine that someone actually chipped away at each one by hand to create these intricate designs… clearly they’re very skilled and have a lot of patience haha!
Wouldn’t they be a great way to give block printing a go at home? Or even to use as display.. the designs are just too pretty! What would you do with them? Do you think you’d try printing with them? :)
Another way you can have a go at block printing is to carve your own block (from lino!). Here are a couple of great tutorials – from Pretty Prudent and Everything Golden.
I hope you’re as inspired by block printing as I am! x
For Christmas last year I bought Dave one of Quaint Co.‘s Vintage Camera Print sets, which we both really love – and which was even more beautiful in person! They’re actually screen printed, not just digitally printed, so have a lovely feel to them.
Anyway, I went back to their site the other day and noticed they’ve now also got Vintage Bicycle Prints! There’s just something so charming about vintage bicycles, don’t you think?
Around the same time as discovering the bicycle prints, I also happened to stumble across these actual vintage-style bicycles from Papillionaire.. aren’t they fantastic?! I would love to have one in cream I think.. and with a basket of course ;) I’d probably also have to pretend I was living in Paris and fill my basket with fresh flowers and bread sticks. Perfect!
Papillionaire has loads of gorgeous bike styles and in lots of different colours too. Which would you choose?
If you love vintage bicycles as much as I do, make sure you go and check out Quaint Co. for some bicycle inspired artwork, or Papillionaire for the real deal! Happy biking :)