Block Printing is not for Wimps

I watched my classmates hurry to work, chatting happily, as if the prospect of carving into a block of linoleum was going to be easy and fun. I gripped my trusty eraser, tapped my foot against the table leg and tried to imagine the most magnificent block print design the world had ever seen, but I was frozen with fear. I could not get my pencil to move. I drew a blank until the bell rang.

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Printed Inspiration

I have been obsessed with linocut prints lately. I've been making my own since high school... it's relaxing and the process is slow and fun, the outcome is unique with each print. 

In fact, I have so much fun printing that I am creating an online class to teach linocut print making. It's still in the works but for now, I'd love to show you some links to artists around the web that are really inspiring me lately. Giuliana Lazzerini also has an etsy shop: The Blue Bird Gallery

Her lines are clean but the feeling her images give is fun and spontaneous.

Ken Swanson's etsy shop is filled with really fun images as well.

His perspective is unique and unexpected.

Rebel Road Company is also fun... I can't resist a cowgirl quote!

30 Silent Mockingbirds is another favorite - I'm a sucker for hand lettering! And literary quotes are the cherry on top.

And then I found the Linocut Boy Blog... He's got a great tutorial of his 3 color process... so much fun!

I should probably be grading papers but I hope these prints inspire you... and when I have the link to my class (hopefully by this time next week) I will be sure to pass along coupons and then we can have a virtual printing party. Just in time for Christmas! Who's with me!?