Block Printing, Hello

Fall is my favorite season, so it feels like the perfect time to kick off a new project: my Handwork blog. This blog will be dedicated to my love of handwork, my own work, inspiration from others, and who knows what else. I’m excited to have a place to share something I’m really passionate about.

I’ll start this thing off with my first experiment with printing. I absolutely love block prints. Ever since my mom took me to see Bread and Puppet (probably in the late 80’s? Yipes that’s a long time ago), I’ve been drawn to the rough, folk art appeal of block printing.

Here is a (sexy) example of the Bread and Puppet art:

(it’s printed on muslin and seriously needs pressing)

I’ve never actually tried block printing myself. So last weekend I decided to give it a shot. And it was SO MUCH FUN! Also, way easier than I ever expected. Some of the the lessons I learned in the process are: carve words and letters backwards, it will take a number of tries before you get it right, and carve deeper than you think you should.

There is a great tutorial here: Swedish Dala Horse Block Print Tutorial

http://www.lilblueboo.com/2010/10/swedish-dala-horse-block-print-tutorial.html

For my little block printing experiment I thought I’d make a print for the title banner at the top of the blog. After sketching out some ideas, I decided to draw free-hand directly on the block to give it a hand-made quality.

then I carefully carved it out

inked it up

 and VOILA!

I highly recommend trying this, it was a lot of fun and super easy.

4 thoughts on “Block Printing, Hello

  1. Holy Cow, Mia!! I love this! You sneaky bugger, you. Here I thought you were busy enough just keeping up with that beautiful boy of yours. Now this!! I can’t wait to see more. xo

  2. Love the craftiness! I’ve seen the tools for this every time I go to the art/craft store but never thought to try it. It looks great 🙂

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