Thursday, 7 October 2010

t-shirt print

This one was not at the kitchen table - I printed it at East London Printmakers - you could print this at home, but would need some equipment to prepare the screen.  This is a t-shirt I printed for a birthday present for a friend who likes meditation and motorbikes.  I made the print by scanning in the cover of the book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence, printing out the scanned image, coating a screen with photo-sensitive emulsion and exposing the stencil onto the screen using a uv lightbox.  I then printed it in a bright blue colour on the t-shirt.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

linocut greeting card

I taught a class last week on making greeting cards using linocut stamps.  I prepared an example by cutting out a traditional design from the copyright-free pattern book, 'Sarasa Woodblock Patterns', and carved it out of a small piece of lino then printed it by rolling ink on the block and pressing hard on the back of the stamp.

Friday, 10 September 2010

press printing and potato printing

I did some quick tests for community art classes that I taught this week.  The first method is polystyrene press printing.  It's a nice simple introduction to relief printing.  All you have to do is scratch your design into the polystyrene tile using a pen or pencil, roll some block printing ink onto the tile, then print it by placing the tile face down on a piece of paper and applying pressure with your hand or by rolling it with a clean roller.
You can get polystyrene tiles for craft use at 

Next I did some potato printing to get ready for a 'Crafts for Families' class that I started teaching this week.  Again, a simple but effective way of making a quick print.  I printed the heart stamp onto some plain cotton and then sewed it by hand into a little drawstring bag.  Parents can do this activity with their children - if the parent cuts out the potato, the kids can do the printing and then the parent make it into a bag for their child to carry around their toys, slippers or pyjamas.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

thistle print 2

I didn't do much on the thistle print last week as I had a cold and felt like I had no energy, but went back to it briefly at the weekend.  This print isn't really working out for me - I'm going to leave it for the time being and work on something else.  At least our cat, Trumpet, enjoyed the print table!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

thistle print

Tried this print today, with one lino block mirrored, for the thistle design I'm working on.  I want to print it in a greyish colour on some pale green linen that I've got, and add a few flecks of bright red in another small pattern between the 'thistles'.  This design is intended for cushion covers.