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Upcoming Workshop & New Doodles

Sunday, I am taking a Screen Printing Intensive at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn. After dabbling in stamping and stenciling, I’m really excited to try this method of printmaking. I’m not sure what to expect, so I’m going in with an open mind. It may be difficult or easy; I may love it or hate it. Either way, its something I’ve wanted to try so I’m finally taking the time to do it!

I need to bring in a design for the class, but I still haven’t settled on one. They suggest staying away from anything with really fine lines. I also have to keep in mind that the design will be printed in one color, just like when I did the stamping, so I think I may want to start out with something simple. I have been doing a lot of doodling lately, so I thought I would share some of those sketches with you.

Feather

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Doodles

Page of doodles

Geometric

some geometric shapes with tribal influences

Camera

old camera

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

Octopus

octopus doodles

ElephantBalloon

a happy elephant

I’ve also been coming up with some ideas for more Christmas cards:

Bow

Christmas Bow

Ornaments

ornaments

Penguin

Christmas penguin

Reindeer

Reindeer I drew a few years ago…I thought he might be cute on a card

I also want to try stamping words on the front of a card:

LetitSnow

Before I make the stamp, however, I have to flip the writing so that it prints the correct way. If I made a stamp from the above image, it would print backwards on my card. So my stamp will look like this:

LetitSnow_Flipped

It’s getting down to the wire and I really need to decide what I am going to print on Sunday. Please feel free to leave any and all feedback/suggestions in the comments! I’m open to everyone’s opinion 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy the Christmas spirit that’s in the air!!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Hand Printed Christmas Cards, Pt. 2

I finally finished my first batch of Christmas cards! I had to wait for my reindeer to dry before I wrote Merry Christmas on them. Well, they were dry by the next morning, but then I realized I didn’t have a thin green pen. So I ordered a pack of Le Pen pens from Amazon, got them in the mail this past weekend, and put the finishing touches on my cards.

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I’m really happy with the way they turned out after I added in the writing. I only printed 4 to start, but now that I have the more tedious part done (carving the actual stamp), I can just ink up my rubber block and print a dozen more!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Hand Printed Christmas Cards

Hello everyone! I hope you all have had a nice little vacation and have recovered from the holiday’s many feasts! Today, I thought I would share some of my latest creations with you.

As you know, after my Surface Printing Workshop with Lotta Jansdotter, I went out and bought all of the supplies I needed to continue printing at home. One of the recent goals I set for myself is to hand print my own Christmas cards (and if I open an Etsy shop in time, to then sell them on Etsy!). So this past week, I have been a busy bee sketching ideas on paper and then carving the designs into rubber and linoleum blocks.

My first design consists of simple trees, all of which are different shapes and sizes. I knew I wanted to make a card using three colors – red, green and gold – so I thought something simple and geometric would work best. Here are some photos of the rubber stamps and the printing process:

Carving trees out of rubber blocks

Ready to stamp

Printing 4 cards at once – starting with the green trees

Second round of printing – red trees

Third round of printing – 2 types of gold trees

Final product – time to dry!

My second design is a reindeer. He was a bit trickier because he’s more detailed, but I’m really pleased with the way he came out. I am going to write “Merry Christmas” in the bottom left-hand corner of the cards, but I have to wait for them to dry first.

Started with a drawing, copied it and colored with black marker, transferred to a lino block with transfer paper

Starting to carve

Test prints

While waiting for the green trees to dry, I printed the reindeer cards

Final product – just to have write “Merry Christmas”!

I love how each print is different than the previous one and that there are imperfections, like the texture of the paper showing through the ink, because it shows that an actual person made the cards, not a machine. Because of these slight imperfections, no two prints will ever be exactly the same, which means that each card will be entirely unique!

I’m really excited to continue printing by hand. I love everything about the process of block printing, from the planning, drawing and carving to the actual stamping. And what’s great about these rubber stamps is that I can use them over and over again to print on cards, gift tags, or even my own wrapping paper! The possibilities are endless and I will continue to share my creations with you!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane