50% of sales from the Batik Fabrics (and Mud Cloth Bags) go directly back to the students at the Life Academy’s Sewing Collective in Accra, Ghana. When you buy a handmade Batik Fabric or Mud Cloth Bag, you’re doing more than just getting a textile. You’re giving a young student the opportunity to do something with their life, to become something.
Daniel, Faustina, Forgive, Janet, Happy, Ebenezer, Lydia, and Patience completed their first round of Hand Sewn Mud Cloth Bags at the Life Academy Sewing Collective in Accra, Ghana, and we’re so excited to be a part of their global launch!
Earthbound team member and creative butterfly, Hailey Lynn Glass, published her first ever hand-illustrated, hand-bound coloring book entitled, Butterflies, Flowers & Weirdness. We sat down to get an exclusive look into this creative girl’s mind to find out how she ended up on this path and what inspired her to take on the world of coloring.
Hailey’s been everything at Earthbound, from key holder to buying intern to merchandise coordinator and stylist. Her ability to dabble a little here and a little there in a wide variety of roles not only makes her a great employee, but a great artist too. From the time she was little, she was getting her hands in and on everything and anything.
Wood block printing has been around since ancient times. There’s just something about the raw, organic look of using a block stamp by hand. The result is an imperfect design with plenty of character. Each one leaves behind a unique imprint with its own personality.
This season we have fourWood Block Ornaments from India! They can be hung on a tree, OR you can create your very own wrapping paper and cards by using it as a stamp.
Let your imagination run wild like an elephant and get creative!
Foam paint brushes OR Speedball® Rubber Brayer (roller)
1. Add a small amount of paint to the tip of your brush.
2. Take your Wood Block Ornament and carefully dab the paint on the white, raised edges of the stamp.
3. To create an ombre look, paint half the stamp one color and the other half another color. Slightly overlap the colors in the middle. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
PRO TIP: Avoid getting paint in the recessed (brown) areas of the block. If this occurs, the excess paint will distort the design when you stamp it.
4. Firmly press the stamp onto the paper, and rock it back and forth to make a solid imprint of the design.
Note: When you wash the acrylic paint off the ornament, the original white paint on the edges will probably come off. If that bothers you, don’t use it as a stamp! Otherwise, enjoy your ornament’s new look.
To hang or to stamp? Let us know how you plan on using these versatile, wood block beauties!