I started saving wine corks a year ago after I saw a few images on Pinterest of people using them as tiny stamps. And I don’t want to brag or anything, but I’ve got a lot of wine corks now. So when I was sending out my friendship bracelets, I thought I’d try making some wine cork stamped cards to go with them.
I started with an exacto knife and a bunch of corks. The synthetic wine corks turned out to be the easiest to carve.
I dipped them in some cheap-o art paints I had,
and started printing.
This was a lot of fun and an excellent excuse for buying more wine. IT’S FOR MY ART!
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
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
I highly recommend trying this, it was a lot of fun and super easy.