Saturday, 1 August 2009
12:52:28 AM (GMT)
Block printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely
throughout East Asia and originating in China.
Block printing developed in Asia many centuries before Europe. The Chinese and
Koreans were the first to use the method to print solid text, much later in Europe
the printing of images on cloth developed into the printing of images on paper. It is
also now known that the use in Europe of the same method to print large amounts of
text together with images in block-books only came after the development of movable
type in the 1450s.
The earliest block printed pieces to survive are from China and are silk printed with
flowers in three colours from before 220 AD. The earliest Egyptian printed cloth
dates from the 4th century. The dry conditions in Egypt are exceptionally good for
preserving fabric compared to India.
Marbling is the art of printing multi-colored swirled or stone like patterns on paper
or fabric. The patterns are formed by first floating the colors on the surface of a
liquid, and then laying the paper or fabric onto the colors to absorb them.
The art of marbling, also known as Ebru in Turkey, dates back hundreds of years to
the 10th century. Although no one knows exactly when or how marbling came into being,
most scholars believe that it originated in Bukhara, Turkestan. From there, it spread
along the trade routes to Persia, India, Anatolia, and later to France, Italy, and
Tie Dyeing is done by tying fabric with rubber bands or string and submerge in one,
two, three, or more dye colors.
Anything can be tie dyed, T-shirts, jeans, sheets, pillowslips, fabric, scarves, and
Tie-dye became fully developed in China during 618 to 906 A.D. and in Japan during
552 to 794 A.D.The availability of silk and hemp, which were very rare, made these
countries' art outstanding. Some early tribes in Western China, South East Asia, and
Central America tied and dyed the threads before weaving their cloth. When it was
woven into material, beautiful designs appeared where the white lines of the tie
contrasted with the colored dyes. This method is known as ikat.
Stencilling is a simple method of repeating a design by means of a cut out shape, the
word stencil means the outline of an image.
The earliest examples of stenciling are found in Paleolithic cave paintings dating
from as early as 30,000 BC to 9,000 BC. Some of the first stencils were cut from
The Fiji Island natives traditionally used bamboo and banana leaves to make their
The Eskimos of Baffin Island are said to have used dried sealskin to make their
Stencils were mainly used in China and Japan for decorating cloth.
In the ancient world stencils were used in decorating Egyptian tombs.
Puffy, slick and glitter paints
You can find puff paint in many different shades, also pastel, neutral, and neon
colors. There are also metallic, pearlescent, or glow in the dark paint as well.
Paints are sold both individually and in combination project sets. Puff paints
aren’t designed to be mixed together, they are heat so they puff up.
Glitter paints are used to add extra sparkles to any interior artwork.
If painted with a soft brush, an almost metallic foil effect can be achieved.
Alternatively, if sponged or stippled, a more sparkle effect is created.
Fabric crayons make it easy to decorate t-shirts, hats, shoes, and other art
You can also use these special crayons to create one of a kind artworks.
Sequins are tiny spangles used as decorations, usually on clothes or other fabric
treatments. They are often round in shape but may also be other available in other
shapes as well, and they can be found in many different colors. Sequins can be made
of many different materials from metals and crystals to gem-like stones, but today
are frequently made of plastic.
The origin of sequins is said to be traced back to the ancient Mediterranean. A type
of coin, known as a sikka was later translated into today’s term “sequin.”
Legend has it that these coins were sewn onto clothing, especially women’s clothes,
as a show of wealth.
Beading is an art form which is continually growing in popularity.
Back in the 1800s and 1900s beading with small beads had its ups and downs. Like most
trends it went through the patches where beading was extremely popular to times when
only a few would bead.
It was between 1830 - 1850 that the tiniest and most colourful beads were being
produced. Beads of this caliber are no longer produced and they are rare antiques
Back in the 1950s, beading grew in popularity with many designer clothes and
accessories becoming part of every day life. Prices of these garments increased and
so did the price of the beads themselves.
Applique refers a needlework technique in which pieces of fabric, embroidery, or
other materials are sewn onto another piece of fabric to create designs, patterns or
pictures. It is particularly suitable for work which is to be seen from a distance,
such as in banner-making. A famous example of applique is the Hastings Embroidery.
Appliqued cloth is an important art form in Benin, West Africa, particularly in the
area around Abomey, where it has been a tradition since the 18th century and the
kingdom of Danhomè.
Applique is used extensively in quilting.
Natural sponges are the best option for Sponge Painting, one can suitably texturize
an artificial sponge to add texture to the painting. Natural, sea sponges are
inexpensive and easily available. They are highly recommended for sponging.
A process whereby graphics are hand painted directly on an awning.