Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Revisiting Block Prints- Learning Curve


For some odd reason I got the bug to revisit block printing. I had only tried it once before and I thought of some patterning I wanted to try - so block printing came to mind. I carved the blocks & then printed. I was using some watercolor paper and using only a ink pad so the prints came out rather light. It was one of those "Duh!" moments - using heavy papers and not knowing what in the heck I was doing to begin with!


I had a fun afternoon and made a few ATC's to play with. Since this time I questioned what inks I should use and what sort of applicator. Thanks to the suggestions from some friends on the  QuiltArt list I have been able to get much better results today and I will post those results - hopefully side-by-side. Today, rather than water-color paper I used Bristol & muslin, and rather than applying acrylic paint with a brush I used a sponge brayer. I am here to tell you that the sponge brayer made a huge difference - though a foam brsuh would, I think, work too.


Here are the first day's results - too light bit fun none-the-less. I so enjoy just seeing where the day's interests take me sometimes. I have a quilt to art tomorrow - an art quilt - it's time to return to fabric and thread.




9 comments:

phonelady said...

Look at those beautys you are so creative my dear . talk to you soon .

norma said...

These are terrific, but then so are the blocks that you created to begin with.

Robbie said...

Your blocks are great! Love the textured look to them!

Sandy said...

Those are great blocks and ATC's.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Wonderful work makes a wonderful blog! -Jayne

willow said...

I adore wood block prints! Your's are wonderful.

Jeannie said...

Gorgeous and so colorful. Hope it is sunny on your side of the mountains. Cheers.

Lisa Walton said...

HI Marie - love these. Csn I ask what the blocks are made of?

AFRICANFAB said...

I love your block prints, I tried this once and loved the outcome...hmmm...where'd I put those blocks? Now I am inspired. Thanks for sharing

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