Thursday, 25 August 2011
more block printing
i've been carving up some new blocks and playing around with colours on my mom's kitchen table for the odd hour or two. the big block with the spotted dots didn't really work out to well, i couldn't get decent stamping from such a large block, even with placing a book over top to try press it down evenly. i ended up trimming a few of the circles out to use on their own and will use the back of the rest to carve something else, one big benefit of using this thick ez carve stuff. one downfall though is that i've discovered the blocks don't hold up too well to repeated use, especially if they are carved with relatively thin lines, the block is just too soft. i'm going to try some different blocks and linos when i get home, might even hit an art store here in canada to see what i can find but i am running out of days!
funny that the latest stamp i'm happiest with was completely unplanned, i just carved out a circle and then cut some lines through it (last image shown). and i like the way some of the carving lines are showing up (on the pink prints in the second last photo and a little bit in the last photo), i cut the background out much shallower than i had before. i like it but others may not - what do you think? too rustic with the random carve lines?