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Monday, April 25, 2011

Never be afraid to try!

 I love new toys...its my weakness: chasing after shiny objects!  so I was game when a fellow artist cleared her closet of a few tools for carving a block print.  Never mind I had never done one before...I already had a major project that needed just that touch. 
So I cut.

 My first attempts at "printing" were not so hot, witness below.  Then I remembered that somewhere I had another toy, a brayer, and if I put the paper on the block (instead of the block on the paper) and ran it over with the brayer....voila!

These were my first efforts: #1 being upper left corner.  Numbers 3 and 4 have some "spots" but I will call those "character" and not toss them.  Now I know why a numbered series of prints is so difficult, imagine how many you have to trash to get a decent amount...and I was only printing once, not several times.

Of course I had to try a new color!  Pretty in pink, no? Now, my concern is that the piece I am printing on is wooden...there will be no way to run the brayer over it.  And I will have to use oil (that's another story) or it won't stick and these experiments were in acrylic.
Oh well, fools run in where angels fear to tread and I am nothing if not a fool...about new toys anyway.
I'll let you know how the eventual masterpiece comes together, or perhaps IF it comes together.


  1. Loads of fun. I used to make Christmas cards years ago... I enjoyed that... I'm with ya...gotta try everything.


  2. You're having too much fun! Isn't there a law against that?

  3. Then color me a law-breaker!! And don't wave any more new toys in front of me....still having fun.

  4. Cindy, you are having too much fun! Not only with your art, but with your blog. It seems to be the perfect blend of your talents, art and writing. How do you fit all of this into a day???

  5. I can blame you for that one m'dear!


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