Merch no 2. Shrinkies pin badges!!
Below you'll see the post for lino printed t-shirts - and once you've done those, this easily follows.
What are they? Shrinkies are a crafty favourite of little'uns, I definitely remember playing with them when I was little - usually with flower fairies on them - and are essentially very thin sheets of plastic, which can be drawn or printed on and then shrunk in the oven to make cute little hardened shapes.
Where enamel pin badges can be costly and have high minimum orders required, these can be made one by one, the materials are cheap (£11 for a pack of 50 - I fitted 2 badges on each piece - and £5 for 100 pin backs from Amazon) and they make for lovely results.
I chose to lino print onto them, the same way I did the t-shirts, but the recommended method is through drawing and colouring in with pencils. Either way, lovely little badges, low cost and great for generating a few pennies for charity!
Man, oh man, I'm behind. I haven't shared anything since January, but there is so much to share. If you by some miracle have missed out on my social media spamming, then you'd see that I organised a big 4 day crafty event in Deptford called MADEptford in March and then ran the London Marathon last week - all to raise money for 999 Club, Deptford's homeless shelter. Well over £2k has been raised, so hurrah and many thanks! Sadly though, I thought I'd able to do these things whilst keeping Chap and Darling at full speed and staying awesome at my 9-5 job, but alas - I am no super human. So...let's catch up.
I had big plans for MADEptford, if you're going to try something, then you've got to go big! For some reason, for me that calls for merch. I love merch. Merch makes something look a little more legitimate - what fun places don't have a gift shop at the end?! So I sought to turn the beautiful illustrations that I commissioned from Biff Studio into something wearable.
I can't screen print, I've given it a go at Dalston Print Club before, but it's time, space and money intensive - so that was a no go. Instead, I chose to use lino prints. It's something I could do in my front room and after a few experiments, I'm pretty happy with the results.
All you need is a t-shirt, lino, a carving set with a roller, good oil-based printing inks and a bit of imagination. The inks will set you back a little if you get the good ones, but they're worth every penny. And that's it! Carve away, roll on some ink, print and after two weeks of curing you can wash your t-shirt in the washing machine like any other.
There's still piles of mine available on Etsy, Depop - and on here soon too.