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MakeBox – Dainty Daisy Lino Printing

I’m still a bit behind on my craft boxes, but I’m slowly getting through them and trying my best to catch up! This weekend I did the MakeBox from July: Dainty Daisy Lino Printing by Lisa Stickley (https://lisastickleystudio.com/). Lisa is a designer, author and illustrator who started her career as a printed textile designer and has curated this kit alongside MakeBox as an introduction to Lino printing. 

Included in the box was:

  • Lino sheet
  • Lino cutting tool set
  • Apron
  • Tea towel
  • Fabric paint x2 (pink and black)
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Paper template
  • Carbon paper

I found this month’s booklet well laid out and thought that the section at the front about Lino as a material was really interesting. It’s always good to know about the materials and tools you are using and equally helpful was the section on the cutting tool and how to change the blade. This project only used two blades so I’d be interested to do some more research and maybe watch some videos on how to use the other blades in the pack, particularly the flat one. There was enough Lino in the kit to cut out the daisy design, do a bit of practice and maybe cut out another small design of your own if you wanted to. I just stuck to the design included in the kit for now, but I’d like to have another go at cutting, so I’m quite tempted to order some more Lino, especially as I already have some textile paints from when I did wooden block printing.

The process and instructions were really easy to follow, although I would recommend having a good sharp pair of scissors. I really liked that to create a backing/handle for the Lino shapes you repurposed the box that the kit was delivered in. I’m all for recycling! 

The printing itself was easy to do, as long as you are confident about your pattern placement. Once you have decided that, it was just a case of painting your chosen colour onto the shapes and pressing them onto the fabric. I foolishly moved my apron before it was fully dry so the paint smudged onto another part of the fabric. I did my best to avoid these areas when I was heat setting the design with the iron so I’m hoping the rogue bits will come out in the wash. 

This is a craft I’ve been wanting to try for ages and I was hoping to book a workshop for it before lockdown happened, so I was really excited to do this box and I was not disappointed! This is such a fun craft that is really not difficult to learn and achieve lovely results, as long as you embrace imperfections and the uniqueness of each print.

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