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.
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.
I love her smiley face heart with the toothy grin.
she liked rolling the smooth ink with the breyer, then carefully rolling the ink onto her designs.
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.
the texture and color we got with our block prints was really satisfying.