Sunday, April 3, 2011

Making My Own Lino Print Block, Plus 365 Journal Pages for April

I've had the lino block tools and a piece of lino block for years!!  I got mine from Fred Aldous which is based in Manchester, but they used to have a little shop in Chorley, Lancs.  They have a fantastic range of products but some products you may be able to get cheaper elsewhere.  I did cut something a long time ago but have since discarded it.  What got me thinking about making a print block was seeing the beautiful Indian Print Blocks from Colouricious at the NEC.  I've used mine in two ways.  The green design was made by rubbing a Markal Paintstik over the top of the block, these are oil paints in a stick.  The gold design I did by painting gold fabric paint over the block, putting the fabric over the top then rolling over with a brayer.  I've made a negative design though it does look here as though the design is raised it isn't - taken from 'Pattern Motifs: A Sourcebook', by Graham Leslie McCallum.


 





Now for my completed 365 Journal March pages - I wet the back of the righthand page too much while preparing April's pages which made the ink run on my little birds, but think I've managed to rescue it reasonably well.  I've used a mix of Brusho and Koh-i-Noor waterbased dye for April.  I do like using both these products but you have to be very careful 'cos they do bleed extremely easily.  I've also used my new white matte Craftynotions spray with a couple of stencils.  For more info about the 365 Journal pop over to Kate's :-)



26 comments:

Crafty Chris said...

Gorgeous Anne Beautiful colours, hope you had a good Mother's day.
Chris x

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Hi there, Happy Mothers Day to you, hope you are keeping well? Love your journal, wow you have been busy! hugs Heidi x

Sandra Hall said...

Wow Anne, you can turn your hand to anything - I'm impressed with your print :D
Your calendar pages are fab - love the white spray - it looks great! x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've been enjoying the Coloricious e-mails I get, but of course I missed the India prints that were at the workshop. I hope it was fun.

I really must try making some of those lino stamps. At one time I had a single lino cutter. I have an entire set of those Paintstiks. I've just never figured out how to use them properly. Mine are by Shiva, which I understand is the same as Markal in the UK. You have a wonderful set of cutters.

Glad to see your pages for this month. I fear I have lost my journal.

Steph said...

Very striking colour for April its lovely x

kayc said...

Beautiful colours. Happy Mothers Day. Take care. Kathleen x

Jill said...

Great lino cut - they are most satisfying aren't they? Let's hope April is as bright as our calendar pages:)

Sheila MJ said...

Love the bright blue and yellow - simple and effective.

thekathrynwheel said...

Ooh April looks lovely - well done for keeping up with the challenge so far :-) A White spray? Now you got my interest ......!

Kathleen said...

I do love the colours of the March page and the start of the April one looks like it is going to be great too.

Kath x

Spyder said...

I've got some lino 'digging out' tools somewhere. Haven't seen them in years,used to do a lot of that. I can remember doing a house. I wonder where that is..ohooo now I want to have a go! Poor hubby, I'll have him up in the attic for a look! and yep, he cooks! He sort of took over when I had my op that went wrong, (which got me into crafting) and just carried on...he is very good!!
Love the journal!! ((Lyn))

JoZart said...

Great post... so interesting. Lovely calendar pages to and such vibrant colour. You really are feeling creative it seems!
Jo x

patcrafts said...

March pages look good little birds don't seem to have suffered by being drowned :D.April pages lovely and bright love the colours yellow squares are perfect with the background.
How clever are you cutting your own printing blocks although I seem to remember in the dim and distant past doing that at school, not as a teacher as a pupil!

Cheryl said...

gosh hun you always are so,good at turning your hand to things,brilliant and as for the pages just adore,the colurs,beautiful work hun hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

Clare H said...

fabulous pages!

Shoshonee said...

I love the colors! Very pretty.

flutterbycrafter said...

Love both of these pages, some gorgeous colours going on here, the mistake has really worked well. xx

sandra de said...

Lovely vibrant colours you have used for march and april. The lino print it so such a good idea at least you will have prints that are uniquely yours.

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow Anne, the dimension that the second technique gives you amazing..love the pattern you cut; really a useful one too. Your journal continues to be a beauty.

Gez said...

Fabulous pages Anne. I do love your backgrounds. The colours are beautiful :) Fred Aldous is brilliant isn't it.. been going a long time!

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Have a great week. Gez.xx

Laura said...

these are ggorgeous i love the colours of your april pages xx

Kimberly Gruber said...

wonderful colors, very, very, beautiful!

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

Such lovely calendar journal pages!
Thank you for sharing :]

chrisg said...

Hi Anne - fabulous vibrant pages and I am loving your lino print block (haven't done that since secondary school many many years ago). & I need to investigate this white spray!
Great wor Anne.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love your cheerful colours and look forward to seeing April's filled in. Hmmm! Tap dancing - have you been doing it long? I always wanted to but think my two left feet would prevent meLOL
Chrisx

Anneke (An) Wijers said...

Beautiful april pages.
I like the colors and the background.
Greetings, Anne