I'm trying to keep up with my drawing so I went down to the basement yesterday afternoon to get a pad and I spotted my block printing kit I had bought 2 years ago. I only used it once for a squirrel print I did as a gift last Christmas. I took some lithography classes in college and loved printmaking but lithography with the metal plates and chemicals and giant press was not going to happen at home. So, I found the block printing kit that I could use to do a linocut and thought "yeah, I could do that at home"! Then of course it sat in my drawer for a year. When I did my squirrel print last year I used the linoleum block material that came in the kit and it was pretty hard to carve. I stabbed myself in the hand within 5 minutes of starting. Maybe that is why I haven't done it again in a year? The other material that came with the kit was called easy carve.
Below you can see the pink easy carve. This is not a sponsored post about easy carve by any means! Just my enthusiasm at finding a new art material that I enjoy. The blue handled tool is for carving. You can see the various tips for carving and my preliminary sketch for my owl. Owls are my little guy's unofficial mascot. We have a real fondness for them around here.
You can draw right on the speedy carve and get to cutting. This speedy carve material is much easier to carve than the classic linoleum block. It smoothly cut away and was so nice to work with. It is tricky for me to work in the negative. I had to keep reminding myself how it worked. Everything you cut away it what will not take the ink. Everything you leave is what will take the ink and transfer to your print, make sense? It is really hard for me to wrap my brain around this while I'm working.
So I carved and cut and cut and carved
I tore some small sheets of paper. A thicker paper with a bit of a tooth works best.
The kit comes with a roller or brayer and an inking plate. so you squeeze out a bit of ink on your plate and roll it out so your brayer is all loaded up with a nice coat of ink.
Then you roll that ink over miss owl.
I made a couple prints
They are all a smidge different. Here is another
Give it a try. No art training necessary. If you ever made a potato stamp as a kid then you are on your way!
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