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.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Friday, 10 September 2010
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 www.homecrafts.co.uk
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
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!