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!