I have been doing lots of reading these last few weeks, and these books are at the top of my pile. 'Pattern' by Orla Kiely is a huge book filled with her incredible body of work, from surface pattern to clothing design. I am so inspired when I look at her use of colour and design, and especially her use of transparent overlays. It's something I've been experimenting with a bit, both on the computer and more recently block printing, as you'll soon see.
A while ago Joshua cut heaps of tiny little squares and rectangles and promptly forgot what he wanted to do with it. I was about to throw it all away when I thought about how nice the shapes looked together, so I kept them all with the hope of finding time to do something with it. Then I remembered reading Jesse's post about printing with foam. By the way, Jesse Breytenbach is a print-making guru and wrote some tutorials for Laurie Wisbrun's book I mentioned above.
This is the first time I've tried block printing, and it was so much fun! I printed on fabric, but of course this would work for paper too if you used the right paint. I found a piece of perspex and glued the shapes to it using waterproof glue. I used an old cookie tray, put a dollop of textile paint on which I then covered with a piece of felt. I used a little ink roller to distribute the paint across the felt and I had a stamp pad! I'm experimenting with prints at the moment, but I really like the off-register effect I got by doing two colours over each other. It adds a bit of depth to the design too, which was quite serendipitous!
I definitely want to experiment more with fabric designs this year, as I'm truly enjoying learning more about it.