How To Block a Freshly Printed Poster

We will be doing something different today, all the tutorials that we usually see and read is digitally based. I have decided I am going to do a tutorial on How to Block a Freshly Printed Poster. I will walk you through the steps in a easy understandable way so that when your done you will be able to do it yourself. Let’s not waste time and get straight to the tutorial.

Final Preview:



  • Black Paint
  • Soft Roller Brush x 2
  • Hanging Hooks
  • Wallpaper Paste
  • 16mm Wood Board Cut to 1189 x 841 MM
  • A0(1189 x 841mm) Printed Poster
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Step 1:

Make sure that you have all the above required items with you and that you have a nice clean working space. Firstly take the Wood board and place it on a nice flat surface. I used a table that is smaller than the board so that the edges overhang. The more the edges overhand the easier it is for you to paint the edges without the fear of painting your table. You can see my little overhanging setup below.


Whilst the boards are clear be sure to use your Hanging Hooks and screw them in on a level height. Once your done with the hooks be sure to flip the board around and please make sure which is the top end and bottom end.


Step 2:

Now grab your black paint and your soft roller brush and throw out your paint in either a paint holder or a lid of a big paint bucket. I used a lid in this case and it worked perfectly. After I have thrown out my paint in the lid I am sure to roll my roller through the paint smoothly and not pressurizing the roller into the paint. Start painting your edges of the wooden board, depending on the paint you have you might have to give it another coat or two. I used two coats of black paint on the edges. The reason for painting the edges is to make the poster stand out better in the end. Check out the images below. Make sure your paint it dry before moving on to the next step.

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Step 3:

Now that the paint has dried its time for us to mix the Wallpaper Paste. Follow the Directions on the packet of the Wallpaper paste that you bought and mix the ingredients together. Stir the solution till it forms a pretty thick paste. When its starts getting tacky you know that you have mixed the paste correctly. It should look something like this below.


Now that you have your paste ready, grab your second Roller brush and dip it into the solution that you have. Paint the entire top of the wooden board and make sure that you cover all the sides and corners for maximum effectiveness. Be sure to have your poster handy when you have finished rolling out the paste on the board.


Step 4:

Now that your board is wet from all the paste you just painted on. Lay your poster down on it, start from the top and work your way down with a towel or a soft cloth and firmly run out all the bubbles that it forms because of the posters reaction to wet paste. It could take some time, but you will get it eventually. Here are some pictures of how the progress with Smoking Tiger went.

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Step 5:

Now you have layed down most of the poster and you just have a few bubbles to sort out. Don’t worry about small bubbles in the middle they will get pulled down as the paste dries and you will be left bubble less. Smooth out the poster with your cloth or towel and go around the sides and edges to make sure that all of them are down and stuck. Now leave the poster to dry for about 12 hours to make sure its dry, dry. There you have your own Blocked poster ready to decorate a room.




Jacques is an Entrepreneur and Founder of the An1ken Group. He recently launched a daily vlog on Youtube — JacquesvhTV. He started Creativeoverflow in 2009 as a hub for creatives. Connect with him: - @Jacquesvh - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

  1. Reply Ben February 2, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Thats nice – I like the idea of block printing graphics – I wantt to have some printed or snadblasted on glass .
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  2. Reply Martin Lucas February 2, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    We produce these at the printers I work for. Instead of using the kind of hanger that you’ve used – we drill a hole in the back of the MDF and glue in a keyhole hanger, so the block can then be hung flush to the wall.

  3. Reply Jesse McFarlane February 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Nice idea, Squeegee Vinyl Applicators are great for this as well. In fact if it’s a one-off project it’s probably cheaper to have it printed on adhesive backed vinyl on a large format solvent inkjet than to fire up a four color press. Less application mess as well.

  4. Reply digibomb February 2, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    very cool, i will definitely try that with some of my work…
    .-= digibomb´s last blog ..FlashArt – The Art of Brendan Sera-Shriar =-.

  5. Reply Richie February 3, 2010 at 7:01 AM

    Something unique and different. Great job, Jacques
    .-= Richie´s last blog ..40 Most inspiring vector character illustrations =-.

  6. Reply sriganesh February 4, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    i seen this kind of posters, but never know how they make, it , thanks for sharing a unique post here.
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  7. Reply Design Informer February 4, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    Hey man, this is a really unique tutorial. Very hands on! Would love to see more stuff like this.

    By the way, that’s a great idea. I have some of my designs as well that I want to put on a poster and doing this would make it stand out even more. Keep up the great work! :)
    .-= Design Informer´s last blog ..100 Years of Movie Title Stills =-.

  8. Reply DesignLovr February 5, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    That’s one great tutorial!

    I really like the fact that you switched from digital to real world examples in this case, definitely a great read for every Designer.
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  9. Reply Wouter De Bruycker February 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Looks nice, well done, if only I had the time to design a kick#ss poster :)

  10. Reply AJ March 20, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Oh wow – really nice finished product. I usually end up printing on canvas and trying to stretch them over a frame. The first few times I did it and started stapling, my end product was so crooked it wasn’t even funny but I think I have the hang of it now.

    If I want this sort of a look rather than canvas, I’ll just have the printing company print it and mount it on the display poster board (science fair board thickness). They usually do a good job since I don’t really have a workspace like your garage to get down and dirty haha

    Or if I’m doing a budget project, I’ll use the pink sheets of styrofoam or even the white sheets if I’m in a pinch because I have that stuff laying around. I use the 3M foam spray on those to get the posters to stick.

  11. Reply Reuben Springate July 6, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Kudos for publishing this. It resolved a good deal of concerns in which I had.

  12. Reply Will Saver July 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Very detailed post. Thanks for taking the time to put this together and especially for taking all of the pictures. They help make this much more understandable.


  13. Reply Chris March 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Hey thanks for the great post. I am having some illustrations printed and hadn’t even thought of this. I was just going to have them framed but it wouldn’t have suited the pictures.

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