I have been enjoying the printmaking process immensely so I decided to create some cards...just for fun. And it really is fun. I love handmade everything and try to pick up art cards as often as possible. I've really been enjoying the SpeedyCarve rubber blocks because they're quick and easy on my shoulder and because I loved teaching the printmaking workshop at the library, I've been playing with it some more. Since I'm not a perfectionist (when it comes to art in any case), I like the flaws, even the fingerprints I leave behind when I pull prints. The odd little cuts and errors I make on the carving reminds me of the days of old, when things weren't thrown away, but instead used as is. I remember carving wood block prints many, many years ago and being disappointed because they weren't perfect, and now, I just have fun. That's my goal whenever I teach a class, is to encourage fun as I believe that is where we find ourselves. And the investment to begin block printing is quite minimal...just need a block, carving tool, ink, and a brayer (roller) which are all available in a kit from Speedball (online or through arts and crafts stores). Just keep in mind that everything you do prints backwards so certain images and any letters need to be reversed.
AIRdirondack Art Project