Sunday, May 30, 2010
Today I felt compelled to do some print making. We had talked about journals in a group that I am in and I have wanted to do some stamping or printing. In college I did some lino block carving and screen printing, but to be honest, I hadn't done much with it in many years. I had taught a class and I dug out these old lino blocks and decided to play with it for some background pieces for journaling, atc's, etc. I have some others that I made of foam, but couldn't think of where I put them! Finally it dawned on me that it had to be with the stuff I used to do discharge dyes with when I did another class. Oh well, I shall work on them another day. Anyway I was glad to find my other two blocks to print with.
I started out with my hand carved lino block of doodled designs.
Then got out my brayer, my glass board and printing supplies to set out to have a ball running my own little print shop. Before long, I had enough pages to start my own book! I printed on fabric, hand made and specialty papers.
I played with different colored background and print colors. Even though I like them all, I think my favorites are metallics on a dark background.
I also printed with this block
Not really the best detail since I was just using Apple Barrel acrylics. This was also printed on a vintage plastic rayon towel that I found amongst my FIL's things at the old house. They were still in the original package begging for me to use! My guess is that it was from the 1950's.
I think this is my favorite color background for it.
I have been having so much fun playing today. My husband wants to go to the Asian festival tomorrow, so I had best get some sleep. Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday outing with family and friends. I shall play again with my prints charming another day and I thank those who serve, that allows me to do this.