Block Printing

As the temperature rises, I’m reminded it’s Summer.  A linen blouse, crop pants, sandals and a ponytail pretty much describe my look for the season.  Comfortable clothes combined with the heat, and last but not least, barbecue ignite an intense creative curiosity leading me down an unknown path.  Perhaps I’m nostalgic for Summer days gone by when, as a young girl, the end of the school year meant staying up late and sleeping in, swimming all summer, making lanyards at my local Parks and Recreation Department or hanging out in the mystery section at the library.  Along the way, I loved biking through fields of flowers, racing with dragonflies, and collecting rocks.  A time and place I created for myself, the freedom to explore without any encumbrances.

My current Summer journey leads to an intense study of block printing.  Recently, I attended a block printing class at A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA with Rebecca of Rekh & Datta. Rebecca shared a video of India, describing a brief history of  block printing along with the individual family that translates her designs to fabric.

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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall

Here is my first carved block .

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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall
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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall

I decided to separate the block into individual segments to experiment with pattern and design.

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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall

Much to my surprise, some interesting patterns emerged.  I feel fortunate to have the “time” to let my curiosity soar to new heights and discover amazing possibilities.

I used to think reminiscing about the past was not healthy, but I now believe my past is my present.  Looking back is not past history, and according to Sadie Stein, “As the deep vaults of history are made accessible to everyone via technology, the past has become an alternative present.”  Ms. Stein’s article appeared in The New York Times Style Magazine, entitled, We’re Living in a Copycat Culture, dated January 31, 2017.

“The past is never dead.  It’s not even past.”    William Faulkner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro To Block Painting/Printing

Today, before I venture out to do my inner core workout, I want to share my latest endeavor, “Block Painting.”  I’ve wanted to experiment with this technique for awhile, and decided to go for it!  Initially, the blocks were purchased to use with polymer clay, but after watching numerous YouTube videos, I decided to use fabric.  I also plan on using the eclectic mix of paint in my collection, before investing in the medium.

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Here are various blocks for borders, allover printing, etc.

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Remnants of a quilting project.

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I drew a grid on the fabric first for placement of the block.  Of course, the striped fabric may or may not be your choice, but I wanted to try it anyway.

Got to go to class…more to come.

Taking Myself To Camp

This week, I’m attending art camp at A Work of Heart.  Owner, instructor and my friend Andrea Chebeleu will be focusing on Screen Printing and Book Binding. Today’s class featured block printing.

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I traced a design free-hand, which was transferred onto the block using a linoleum cutter.

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At the end of class, Andrea asked, “What did you learn in class.”  My response, “To get amazing results, your technique doesn’t have to be perfect.”  Her next question, “What would you do differently?”  I responded, “Relax!”  Hmm…I learned so much today.

I’m looking forward to Day #2 of camp.