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.


  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 :)

  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.

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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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