Print out and make this cute bear for free!
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For personal use only. Copyright property of Julie Wilson.
It’s that time of year again… So, here’s a little present for you. Something to do during the Christmas holidays. Cut out and colour Mr Badger and Mr Bear looking smart in their Christmas jumpers. Hang them on your tree or use them as gift tags or give them to your friends.. Click here to download the printable PDF.
Now you can colour and cut out Mr Badger and Mr Bear!
If you would like your animals to hang, stick a piece of folded ribbon or cord to the inside and then glue back and front together.
As usual, please feel free to share this free thing but remember the copyright for these images belongs to Jools Wilson and you may not use them for any profit making activity.
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Thank you x
I’m busy working on a new project that will be revealed soon…ish. Well, not soon. Sometime. In the meantime, I’ve made a few new things, had some things made, and drawn lots of silly things.
I’ve had lovely teatowels screen printed:
And made a couple of illustrations for Inkology.co.uk…
….click on the link to read fun kids poems by Dom Conlon.
How to make a screen print on fabric with very cheap materials.
I’d been wanting to print tote bags to sell on my shop for a while. I looked at commercial printing but it was expensive and required having large quantities made, home screen printing with photograph emulsion sounded complicated and I rejected lino printing because I just hate cutting it. Luckily, I found several tutorials on the internet for different methods of screen printing. I experimented a little, and used various of the ideas I’d seen. This is how I did it.
You Will Need:
First you need your design. I drew my unicycling bear very roughly on paper then scanned it, completed the design in photoshop and printed it out the size I wanted it on the bags. You can just draw the design to the size you want or find an image on the web.
Next I took my piece of voile and stapled it to my picture frame. It needs to be as taut as possible. Keep the staples to the back of the frame as it needs to sit perfectly flat on your fabric while you are printing.
I put my printed out design under my frame and traced it onto the voile with a ballpoint pen.
The next stage is to start painting on your screen with a blocking agent. I used a 50/50 mixture of PVA glue and water. Simply put glue and water into a jam jar and shake thoroughly! I also added a drop of acrylic ink to mine so that it was easier to see where I had painted.
The idea is to block out all the areas you wish to remain white. Prop up your frame so that it’s not touching anything underneath and start painting on the glue mix with a fine brush. Once you have painted round the outline and added the detail use a larger brush to block in the big white areas. Allow the glue to dry and then repeat with a second coat.
Allow to dry thoroughly.
I made a test print before I started printing on bags. If you find you have made a mistake you can gently rinse off the ink under the cold tap, allow to dry, add more glue and dry before printing again.
To print you will need to put something underneath your fabric. I have a vinyl tablecloth and I put a piece of mountboard inside the bags. A plastic bag should work fine, but whatever you use make sure it is flat and smooth. It’s also a good idea to iron your fabric before you print on it.
Place you frame on the fabric where you want to print. Make sure the voile is in contact with the fabric. You can see in the photo that I weighed the top my frame down with a large stone. Dollop a large blob of the screen printing ink at the top of your image and drag in across the image towards you with an old credit card. If you haven’t put enough ink on, don’t worry, just add some more and keep going. (I also tried applying ink with a brush but it didn’t work as well as this method.)
Once you have covered your image with ink you can carefully lift your frame off. Put your fabric aside until the print has dried thoroughly. If you want to print another, carry straight on, or carefully rinse the ink off of your frame to use again.
This sounds complicated but it was really fun to do!
My Unicycling Bear tote bags are available to buy on my Etsy shop.
…..for those rainy Easter weekends.
My Astro Poetica aliens are little green men… What do you think an alien would look like?
Astro Poetica colouring sheet free to download from Inkology.co.uk
Also..previously on Inkology.co.uk by me and free to download:
There are also loads of stories and poems with illustrations by talented artists free to read on Inkology.co.uk
An article about this colouring sheet is also available on the child friendly version of my blog: joolswilsonkidsstuff