A Block Printing Adventure

In the past month or so {perhaps since this post}, I have been getting more and more obsessed with printmaking. I mean OBSESSED. I think about it, I read books about it, I spend exorbitant amounts of time on the internet researching courses on it, and, perhaps the best part—I have begun to do it.

If you read this blog regularly, then you know that I’ve been practicing screen printing on t-shirts, but I’ve also been longing to explore other techniques where you create the printed surface really directly—through carving or etching or painting.

One of the most accessible printmaking methods you can do at home is linoleum block printing—you know—where you carve up one of those tan/gray linoleum blocks, rub ink on it, and then you’re ready to print? Well, I had a spare block in the back of my art closet from a block printing project I did some years ago (pre-blue bicicletta), so I pulled it out on Sunday and got busy.

I ended up carving two little abstract designs experimenting with texture, and this was so much fun that I’m off to the art store this afternoon to get some more blocks! It’s contagious! I highly recommend playing around with this medium because it’s just so much fun! You can usually get the basic materials (linoleum block, ink, carving tools) at any art store and get started in an afternoon! Happy Printing!

5 Responses to “A Block Printing Adventure”

  1. 1 Malea June 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I *LOVE* it! I was drooling over the lino-block supplies at Utrecht on Saturday. Wishing I had more money and space to work with…

  2. 2 Kat June 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I have fond memories of the block printing I did in Junior High School. I should try it again!

  3. 3 Kerri June 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Right that’s it, you and I were definitely seperated at birth! I think constantly about print making too! I have never done it but I long too. I think about printing generally quite a lot. And I have to tell you Nicole that I think these prints of yours are really breathtaking!

  4. 4 Era July 8, 2010 at 5:08 am

    I also have fond feeling about linoleum prints from middle and high school! I’ve always wanted to do it again, but never taken the plunge. Maybe now I will!

  1. 1 Carving Away: the mighty flyer in process « blue bicicletta Trackback on June 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

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