I need to take up another craft like I need a giant hole in the head. Nevertheless, I got a bee in my bonnet to try block printing. On my trip to Dick Blick, I was tempted to purchase a starter kit, but resisted the temptation and just picked up some E-Z Cut Printing Blocks and mounted linoleum. Brad has a set of Japanese woodblock carving tools that I am using, so I didn’t need to buy a linoleum handle and blades.
I am not skilled in the ways of drawing. At best, I doodle: hedgehogs, houses, trees, birds, etc. Little Red Riding Hood has been a favorite doodle subject of late, so she became my first print subject, too.
She’s cute for a first try. I am not loving the E-Z Cut. It is too soft and crumbly. I was a little afraid that the linoleum would be too hard, but based on the leaf I carved, I think I prefer the lino. I plan to pick up some more of the linoleum and try Red again. I was trying to manage printing with stamp pads, rather than messing with the ink, brayer, etc. I think I will have to cave and get some ink and a brayer on the next supply run.
The good thing is that Brad is doing some carving too, so I can claim the supplies are for us both. 😉