I’ve decided to start the new year by presenting a project fail. We all have them (I have more than my share, because I have no patience and try to hurry through steps or use the wrong tools.)
I was all set to post this adorable hand-printed wrapping paper project before Christmas. Instead, you get to see the mess that became of when I try to make linoleum block prints with my unsuspecting daughter. I think I may have turned her off to printing forever, poor girl.
First we gathered our blocks and linoleum cutters.
We traced around the block several times so Fen could make various drawings.
After choosing one, we transferred it onto the block by tracing over the pencil lines.
Then I had the brilliant idea of placing a warm iron on the linoleum to make it easier to carve. Bad idea. Use a hair dryer instead.
Always carve away from you, and away from your hands.
Voila! Our finished carvings, (including the scorch-mark from the iron).
This is where the failure began. Or continued, if you count the iron incident.
We tried: rolling glittery Martha Stewart paints on the blocks, painting acrylics on the blocks, rolling printing inks on the blocks, stamping the blocks in rolled ink, watering down all of the above, and wiping away areas of ink. All we got were nasty, goopy half-prints.
Since we still had some presents to adorn, we pulled out the trusty paint brushes. See how cute?
So. Perhaps you still want to try linoleum block printing? Here’s an awesome video from Jennifer Leban on how to do it correctly. We will be trying this again. Oh yes, we will.