Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Creating an original print block

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I love carving stamps! It's so easy and immediate and most importantly, original. You can see how cool it looks repeated in a kind of banner.
stamp carving
I taught our LavenderSage Art Retreat students to find an abstract design for their print blocks, you can see my process above.
Taos sketchbook
printed on gelli printed cloth ~ by Jane LaFazio
Taos sketchbook
printed on  gelli printed watercolor paper ~ by Jane LaFazio
Taos sketchbook
Here's a close up of my straight-to-ink drawing of the
Ranchos Church in Taos ~ by Jane LaFazio
Untitled  from my sketchbook
And here's another print block, inspired by my watercolor of some Taos berries.



4 comments:

  1. Lovely, Jane, as always. I just have to tell you about a book I think you would love. It's called Pattern Design by Lewis F Day... An oldie but there is no better book for describing how to format hand done repeats. It's a delight cover to cover and downright cheap as a Dover paperback. If you get it, let me know how you like it. It's one of my favorites, and just right for block prints like this, opening the creative floodgates!

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  2. great carvings! do you use the grey speedball material?

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    1. I haven't used the grey surface material yet. I just use the white. thanks!

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