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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On Valentine's Day

At the risk of sounding cynical on what is otherwise a lovely day, when did those little conversation hearts start using such possessive and co-dependent language?

 

In response, I'm spending tonight carving my February block prints. Very soon, they might resemble these templates:

Can't wait to print these sweet cards!

The Depth of Winter

Well, I know it's been a good day when I realize my hands are covered in ink.

Ink on paper. What could be better...

I've posted my 2nd January print in my Print Shop

You just might need one...

Maybe you've been stuck inside because of the weather. Maybe you just feel stuck or cold or you've been waiting to feel the sunlight on your shoulders. Maybe Albert Camus can remind you... we create so much light on our own. Your light is invincible! I hope you know that.

 Also, I'm offering my blockprinting class at half off with the coupon code: YES 

Enjoy!

Happy Dance

I turned in my semester grades today... and you just missed my happy dance but it looked a whole lot like this:

Well, not exactly like this... I'm not Hugh Grant, I don't live in London, I'm not pretending to be the Prime Minister... But you get the idea. And Oliver just shakes his head in disbelief:

Also, I am working away on designing an online block printing class... It should be up on Monday. I will post the link for you when I get it! Here's one of the projects:

Get back to work... it's only Wednesday!

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.

http://www.giulianalazzerini.com 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!?

In Print

It's always seems so funny/weird to see my name in print. But I just got an email from the Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature  - I've been asked to speak. I also ge tto be a part of the reading at the opening reception. This feels like an honor/humbling learning experience. I should start really practicing what I will say and read...

And speaking of things being "in print" I've been putting new cards and patterns up on Etsy. I'm really excited with how my profile of Oliver came out:

Super cute, right!?