March 28, 2010

Woodblock and Stencil Projects

Today was a wonderfully relaxing, restorative day. The day started off with a bit of house cleaning, organizing, furniture rearranging and fresh Spring flowers. 
Then on to projects! I'm really getting into woodblock printmaking and stenciling, and today I spent a good long while getting reacquainted the process. I hadn't realized how long I'd been doing it until my hand cramped up and my shoulder was aching...then a break and a cup of green tea. Here are a few things I worked on today:
This was a fun flower graphic I cut into card stock and stenciled with black acrylic paint.
When I signed up for my Anthro rewards card, they gave it to me in this cute little cloth bag with a great floral/plant print. I traced it on to a linoleum block and started carving!
Here we are at the halfway point...tried it out with some black acrylic and realized that I need to carve deeper into the block...
 See the resemblance!?

I think next I'll try a basic graphic like a bird with some branches, or maybe some eucalyptus leaves. Suggestions?


  1. Jessica! You're so talented and crafty! Love your blog. -Veronica

  2. wow, this stuff looks REALLY good--especially the carving! that looks like one of those projects you can really get lost in!

    thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! i really enjoyed my first day--hopefully you'll be able to find a program that suits your needs. if you're interested in online programs, sheffield is supposed to have a pretty good one.

  3. So creative! Also, do you know what kind of flowers these are? I have been lusting after them for months, and bought some at the market two weeks ago. Alas, the lady only spoke Italian and I could not understand the name of them. Thanks!

  4. Hi there - yes, aren't those flowers gorgeous? They are called Ranunculus-which sounds more like a spell from Harry Potter than a flower- but they are beautiful none-the-less!

    Thanks for stopping by. :)


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