X marks the spot with this simple and modern blind upcycle. Its two contrast colours make for a timeless and striking motif; it will sit so easily with other designs and styles, yet is bold enough to make a statement of its own. Lucy Pass’ homemade stamp technique is so easy to master, you’ll no doubt be inspired to try different shapes and sizes. For now we’re mastering this cross design; how about printing a matching cushion cover or lampshade?
- Roller blind
- Craft foam
- Plain white paper
- Tracing paper
- Wooden block, 10cm square
- PVA glue
- Acrylic paint
First you need to make your printing block. This can be made from any flat, firm material – a piece of MDF cut to size is perfect or an old wooden coaster is great for making a quick, small block.
Print out or draw your cross shape, making sure it fits within the block. Using tracing paper, trace over the outline of the shape with a pencil. Flip the tracing paper over onto your craft foam and, using a pencil, carefully rub over the outlines to transfer the design onto the foam.
Cut out the foam cross shape with scissors. Apply a layer of PVA to the block and stick the foam shape in the centre. You can also purchase craft foam with a peel-off adhesive backing, which makes this process quicker, but the block will not stand up to cleaning as well.
Whilst waiting for the glue to dry, prepare your roller blind for printing. Unroll the blind onto a flat, firm surface – if it’s quite a large blind, it might be best to work on the floor. Don’t forget to protect your surfaces from paint by laying old sheets or an oil cloth down first.
Once the glue on the block has dried, you’re ready to print. Put a small amount of acrylic paint on a shallow ceramic dish and, using the flat side of a dish sponge, dab the paint to spread it out into a thin, even layer.
Apply the paint to the block, again in a dabbing motion. Once you have applied an even coverage of paint, turn the block over and place it onto the blind. Press firmly and evenly over the back of the block, then carefully peel it away to reveal your first print. You may want to practise on a piece of scrap fabric first to decide on the layout of your design.
Once you’ve finished printing your blind, be sure to allow the paint to dry fully. Once dry, you’re ready to hang your blind according to the manufacturer’s instructions.