Curiousity Did Not Kill the Cat

We've been having many rainy, cold days during the past couple of months, so I've been staying indoors and experimenting with some new mediums. Block printing has always intrigued me, so I decided to give it a try. I did a bit of research and found some wonderful tutorials on YouTube. The most helpful was one by Milliande. She provides information about the materials to use, ways in which she uses the prints and carvings, and more. Here's part one of her seven-part series.

So off I ventured to Micheal's with my 50% off coupon in hand. I purchased a little kit that included a easy carve block, some ink and a carving tool with two blades.

Since I have painted many watercolors, I figured I could use one of those designs. However, for my first one, I thought I'd better keep it simple. I sketched something out and transfered the drawing onto the block. Remember, it's in reverse! Here's what I ended up with.

And then the printed version.

Of course, I had to add some watercolors! But I plan on carving more of these and have all sorts of ideas of how to use them. It was so much fun just experimenting with these! If you have the time and need a break, give something new a try.


The Frog Queen said...

How great is that?! Wow, very talented. Thansk for sharing that with us! Absolutely love and everything :D Very clever!


magikalseasons said...

Wonderful! I tried this ages ago. I'm loving yours! Thanks for sharing. :)

Valeriote Design said...

i LOVE these! Reminds my of my college days.

HeArt Collective said...

girl, those are just about TOO cute! i mean SPOOOOOOOOOKYYYYYY :)

just think you'll be all set for your jack-o-lantern!
happy carving!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Love it! I've had some linoleum blocks in my stash for ages, I should get carving. Your piece is wonderful.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Thank you for the link to the You Tube tutorial...I am inspired to try this now :)


William Bezek said...

Very nice Iva, I haven't done that since art school, I think you just inspired me to do it again!

Halloween Spirit said...

Wonderful! as usual Iva!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this inspiration. I'm off to Michaels for tools!!
Sooo many ideas, soooo little time!
I'll make time! Betty