One of my favorite patterns to use in my textile art is a brick wall, whether I’m creating a city scape of some sort or just adding a little urban vibe to contrast lace and more organic nature inspired imagery. When I was first starting out, I used store bought prints but quickly decided I wanted my original art work to include mostly hand printed or vintage textiles. In order to make a fairly large print, a block print seemed like a good way to go.
First I drew a quick shape onto my block of wood and carved out all around it. I painted it with acrylics and stamped it a few times to see how I liked it and then carved in some additional details and tested until it was just right.
The finished block prints a brick that’s about 1 3/4″ x 3/4″ and can be repeated as many times as needed to fill the desired space. It can be a bit tedious but the results are so worth it and I found that painting the block once and printing 2 or 3 times gave a cool variation in the saturation of the color and made it go a little faster. I can’t wait to use this in a piece of artwork and play around with various methods of stitching around each brick to finish it off ♥