Paper Art: Pink & Yellow Leaves
Being short of blog posts this week,
I decided to "suck it up, step up to the plate", and have a go at
lino block printing.
(Thanks Graham Norton for the motivational quip)
I mean, how hard can it be?
Pre-schoolers do it all the time!
To set things in motion, I pulled out
(cotton tea towel)
and a carved lino block.
(that's pretty much it)
I know, how posh does that sound.
In her workshop (Craft & Quilt show), Louise Snook used
Permaset Aqua textile ink.
It's the same brand I received in my starter kit,
so that is what I used.
(I like to keep things simple)
I would love to offer you
more info on textile inks, Permaset Aqua in particular,
but I am clueless about these things.
I don't know much about
applying ink either…apparently.
As you all know by now,
my logic runs in a very straight line…
If you wish to
print with a lino block, you use a lino roller.
(They are sold alongside lino blocks after all).
It might be called a Lino Roller,
but it really shouldn't be.
There was no rolling;
My 'roller' prefers the push & shove technique,
and a bullish one at that.
This roller is no Ferdinand!
(mind with only leaves on offer…)
few failed attempts
at even coverage (ink), I switched to my
No, not from my make -up bag ,
the one I bought from the art shop.
(not just a pretty face me)
Well, that proved
to be equally AGGRH!
Every ink application resulted in a blotchy
Which was NOT my intention at all.
point during my pink phase,
I decided Mustard Yellow leaves would add
some much needed
'je ne sais quoi'
to my tea towel.
Did you know
that if you add a little black to yellow
you get Khaki?
No Mustard Yellow meant that
I opted to use the mid-yellow ink
straight from the pot.
wasn't a complete waste (of ink) though.
I used a little bit
when I made an impromptu bobbin stamp.
Monkey- Genius or what?
Go on, you can admit you like that idea,
I won't tell.
(not anyone you know anyway)
So what I have I learnt?
Block printing is NOT as easy as it looks.
I need to learn about colour mixing.
I prefer screen printing (at this stage).