Sunday, May 30, 2010

Prints Charming



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.

24 comments:

Jan said...

love your prints charming!

Patty Skypants said...

Holy Crap! These are fantastic! Do MORE with this!!! xxoo Patty

Margaret said...

Gosh you've been busy while I've been away! I've been trying to work out what I like the best, I think it has to be the party gal with the forks!, brilliant and well done you on your diet! Margaret

Marilyn Rock said...

Incredibly awesome!

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Pretty Things said...

Wow, really interesting!

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Wow! All that detail you have carved into the lino! Lovely prints.

Bea said...

Sometimes it's just nice to have a whole stack of printed background papers and fabric. These are great.
I love your doodle stamp you made. That itself took a lot of work but it's worth it for the wonderful prints you got from it. :)Bea

Suzanne Thomsen Newsome said...

My first visit to your blog. Your work is amazing: all of it. And I love your word play too. :o) Sue

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Oh Wanda, your prints came out really cool!
You can use some of those in a quilt. :)
Hugs

Deborah said...

Fabulous!

DAnna Lawson said...

Hm-m-m...I've never thought of using the lino blocks to print on fabric! Guess I'll dig mine out that I did years ago and see what I can do with them! Mine are not nearly as complex as yours....I love the doodling one! Your prints are great!

Gabriela said...

This is very cool Wanda!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Thee are absolutely stunning prints...how long did it take you to carve these doodles? I love these images...have you considered putting them on cloth? Splendid works to play with in the future. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Outstanding Stranger said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I loved looking at all you do..I loved your create 4 x 4's. Wonderful quilts too. You are a busy lady..I will stop buy again soon. Hugs, Diane

Creative Carmelina said...

Oh i love lino...carving...and breyar rollers.....

and your clever title is something I would have done myself! i love that....prints charming! hehe....

great printing...i like it on the green paper!

do you ever slip up and cut yourself..? that's the one thing I hate about using those sharp carving tools?> yikes...that's probably why I'm more into silk screening! lol

have a great and creative day!
ciao bella
creative carmelina

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Just to let you know, Wanda, I have just posted my Pay It Forward giveaway. I have enjoyed wearing my necklace, thank you once again.

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Thanks for all of the compliments gals! The carving was from over 30 years ago. I was much younger then. LOL I use to silk screen a bunch too, I have a few things left. Had several of those art works lost due to flooding about 22 years ago:( I agree Carmelina, less dangerous than knives! ha!

Janine said...

Hi Wanda,
I really love your lino cuts and prints.
You did a great job witrh it.
Have a nice sunday
Janine

Pam said...

Love the charming prints. Thanks for sharing the how-to's. Maybe someday I'll try printing on fabric.

penny4thoughts said...

Loved visiting your blog - such fun things you do - and you have furry helpers, too! Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog. I'm originally an Ohioan also, but from the NE (Salem).

Marloes said...

you carved those blocks yourself? Wow!! It definitely inspired me, I'll have to do more carving!!

Kim D. said...

Neat prints, great carving. Thanks for stopping by blog and commenting on my Moose block and lemons.

a.m. design said...

Mmmm... Nice, I love print making. Lino cut is fun! I really like the second block. They both have so much detail. Great work!