Block Printing and New Pattern Design

pattern design

I’ve been designing new patterns for my shop on Spoonflower and I’m trying a new approach to create patterns – it’s making rubber stamps. It’s a very analogue way to experiment (maybe most of design experiments are pretty analogue?) but works well for me. I just can’t stop experimenting until I realise I need to finish a design or two and make them print-ready. It’s fun and effective to simply repeat basic shapes, and depending on the combination of motifs and repeating type, possibilities are infinite. I like the look of it, it’s simple, nostalgic and rich in texture. So my journey of block printing design seems to continue :)

making of rubber stamps
Drawing for rubber stamps

 

rubber stamps
Preparing for making rubber stamps

 

Carved Rubber Stamp
Carved rubber stamp

 

block printing
Stamping for scanning and digital manipulation

 

desktop
My working desktop

 

pattern design
A new pattern design “Globe Amaranth 4”, made from rubber stamps

 

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Looking for Mr. Red

These pictures are from when I was looking for the right “Red” for one of my customers. But I have been so lazy recently, if I’m allowed to make any excuse, because it’s boiling hot in this studio… maybe Japan is becoming a tropical island… what should I do. I cannot survive.

Trial and Error


I made a white background for photo shooting of some of my small products. It is made out of cardboard, white paper and parcel tape. The white wall should reflect the light around the object better and catch more details. I need to improve my photo skill now :)

The Process


Exposing the screen. Watch out for the UV light. Not really good for your eyes.


Developed screens for the two-colour pattern.


Printing the first colour… a bit worried!


After printing the second colour… a best bit!