I have decided I am going to try something different with this piece. I am masking off a specific design (in this case, a female figure) with masking tape before I do the block printing. It is kind of tricky cutting the very sticky masking tape into this shape, but having non-stick scissors is very helpful.
There is a current call for entries for quilts relating to mental health. It is an exhibition sponsored by SAQA and the entry deadline is coming up in May.
I am thinking about creating something that conveys the isolation of depression. I realize I need some narrower blocks for the design I have in mind, so I carve a few new ones (above).
After masking, I print all over the surface with my hand carved printing blocks.
After the paint dries, I remove the masking tape to reveal the figure, which I like. I just wish the contrast was greater.
Here is the whole thing printed. I think the transformation is remarkable and that is why I am currently hooked on this process. I love the way the printing develops entirely new imagery, with the ghost of the underlying fabric showing through. Actually, it is more than a ghost .. . . whatever, all I can say is - it is very satisfying.
Virginia has asked what material I use to create my printing blocks.
It is available from Nasco:
Also, I see that Dick Blick now carries this product.
It comes cut into many sizes and shapes, but I buy 12 x 18 sheets so I can cut what I want. I really like the characteristics of this product. I love that it is recycled. It is very affordable ($11 for a 12 x 18 sheet). It is firm and resilient. Not glossy, so the paint stays in place well.