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Monday, January 28, 2013

New Printing Blocks

  I wanted to make some new, larger printing blocks for this piece.  I am still thinking about Van Gogh's Starry Night as I carve these two blocks (actually two designs - one on each side of the same block).  It is about 5 x 7".

Roberta asked what I use for my block printing material.  I like Innovart Eco Printing Block material, which is available from Dick Blick.  Here is the link to the page for the printing block material I use.  It is affordable, 100% recycled, and holds up well to a lot of use.

I now have six different blocks with Starry Night swirls.  I think it is more interesting with the mix of sizes.
I have used two different colors of blue Setacolor Transparent paints for the printing;  Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt.  I like the way the yellow screen printing peeks through and kind of twinkles.
I want to use a different block and different color for the bottom third of this piece. 

8 comments:

Roberta said...

I love the design you carved. Is that done with linoleum or some other material?

tiedyejudy said...

Wow! Having several swirl blocks really adds to the visual interest! Great idea, and I love how the yellow highlights the swirls.

Cynthia St Charles said...

I use Inovart printing block material. It is latex free and 100% recycled material. I like it because it is easy to carve, but holds up well to a lot of use, etc. It is available from Dick Blick:
http://www.dickblick.com/products/inovart-eco-karve-printing-plates/?clickTracking=true

imquilternity said...

I still wish you would consider selling some of your carved blocks/stamps. They are absolutely wonderful and add such interest to your work. How long does it take, from start to finish, to make a quilt like this?

Cynthia St Charles said...

I don't really know how long it takes to make a piece - it varies according to size and details - and sometimes an idea takes extra time to develop. Trouble shooting takes some time too. I get a couple done per month when I am able to get into the studio regularly. I will look into selling printing blocks. I do not have extra material on hand to do that at this point and I am not sure it would be cost effective, but if it is, I could probably sell through the blog with Paypal.

Roberta said...

Thank you Cynthia. I will look at getting some and trying it out!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Geez, and all along I've been questioning that bright yellow band in the middle of your piece. I should know better - what a great effect now that you've add the stamping.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Oops, not bright yellow - was looking at the yellow writing - but the really light band.