Tuesday, February 26, 2008

print making


One day last week after I posted about my creative rut, I laid in bed after saying goodbye to E and decided I'd think of something to create as I fell back to sleep. (Don't worry--there are days in our schedule when he gets to sleep in while I go off to work!) I was trying to think of an animal or a springish design I could carve into a speedy cut block, and I came up with a bird's nest.


When I bought the block (recommended by Tiffany) a few weeks ago, E said he thought there were some of his grandfather's linoleum carving tools in the garage. Sure enough, I had all the supplies I needed. I had no idea if my design was outside the limits of block printing, but I figured I'd give it a try. I stumbled upon a relief printing tutorial on tsk tsk when I was looking for some direction. I used her spoon pressing method to get the ink from the stamp to the paper.

With E and me both trying to pull through colds, we ate our favorite cheddar soup tonight--it's actually much more than cheddar: carrots, apple, celery, potato. Just what the doctor ordered.

8 comments:

  1. I love it! It's beautiful - especially like the pop of blue for the eggs. Thanks for the links - I've been toying with the idea of trying block printing :)

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  2. hey kayla:
    that print rocks! speedy cut is so much fun isn't it? you should put some of those in your etsy shop. hope you get better soon. take care.
    :)

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  3. Oh my gosh! Your print looks so awesome. Great work.

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  4. I really love this Kayla - I love the design and that beautiful robin's egg blue colour.

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  5. It came out beautifully. That's amazing especially considering you'd never done it before. Wow.

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  6. I really love this. The blue is such a wonderful touch, too.

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  7. Your lino cut looks great! I haven't done any in a long time but I think about doing them from time to time.

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  8. This is way cool! What a nice carving.
    I do something similar when we make handmade stamps for our Letterboxing habit.

    It's so much fun and creative to make your stamps

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