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fun with block prints

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inspired by traditional wood block printing, my 8 year-old daughter and I set out to make some linoleum block prints. we googled “wood block prints” and found loads of examples. I was especially inspired when I stumbled upon Alisha Baker’s blog. her linoleum block prints are beautiful.

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Fragile Glory by Alisha Baker

we decided on the child-friendly version of linoleum blocks: carving onto pieces of “Presto Foam” with a soft pencil instead of cutting with sharp tools into a linoleum block.

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I love her smiley face heart with the toothy grin.

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she liked rolling the smooth ink with the breyer, then carefully rolling the ink onto her designs.

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the push and pull of the loosening ink reminded me of my grad school days in SF when I did a lot of letterpress printing in the Poetics Program at (the now defunct) New College of California. I spent hundreds of hours in a windowless basement printing poems, broadsides, my wedding invitations and pages and pages of a book I never finished.

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the texture and color we got with our block prints was really satisfying.

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5 comments on “fun with block prints

  1. Kenley Neufeld
  2. Be my valentine! I love each and every one of the prints you showed – beautiful! I want to do this with the girls – great idea! xo

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  3. juliette t crane

    these look like so much fun! thank you for the inspiration…stopping by from the stretching within fb page and it’s so lovely to find your beautiful blog!have a wonderful weekend!-juliette

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  4. Melinda Oliveri

    I love these! These are so beautiful and amazing.I showed Gabriella and she really wants to try this. Alisha Baker’s prints are so cool. I would love to go see her work. I really enjoy checking in with your blog. It makes me feel at peace, inspired and honored that I am your friend.Love you!

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  5. Gabriella Oliveri

    I loved them! They are so pretty!

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