Loving… Ta Ta Indian Wood Stamps

June 10, 2013 | Loving...

Hello friends! Welcome to a new week :)

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…

Ta Ta Indian Wood Blocks

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