A new year, a new art to learn

A little before christmas time I have been hinting to my husband how i wanted to get into linoleum block printing, to my "surprise" he got me a starter kit with inks, gouges and roller to get familiar with the process. I was hooked as I soon as I made my first "carve." Having always painted bold and graphic paintings, I figured this new craft would lend itself well to my style. Although I still have to learn the proper way to line up the print with paper and the registration process, I am kind of doing this on a trial and error basis.

When first creating a design I wanted to carve out, I went with what I knew best, nature and florals and my favorite wild creatures. It took me a little while to really get the hang of it and figure out how to carve out clean and detailed shapes. I still have a lot to learn, but am super excited with the possibilities. I recently tried block printing on some organic cotton material and really loved the result. I want to create some banners, which involves sewing (another art I need to learn :)) Anyway, if you check out my instagram @derwoodpaintco you can follow along with my progress. I am so excited and inspired not only during the process, but the final result. Check out some of the latest prints below…