While you’re socially isolating, why not write notes and mail them to friends? Imagine the excitement at going to the mailbox and finding a piece of personal mail from a friend!
These 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ note cards are hand-printed on over a dozen different paper colors in both pastel and bright tones of yellow, pink, orange, blue, green and violet, and five different ink colors, magenta, green, blue, orange and purple and each comes with a matching envelope. I printed them randomly just for fun, so I can’t guarantee a certain design or color combination.
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Printing the cards
With a discerning quality control team like them, you know each card is purr-fect.
About the art: Tabbies Linoleum Block Prints
The stripes made me do it! No, we have not always been a household of solid-color cats. The clarity of tabby cat stripes as they outline a cat’s features and define its shape has always been an inspiration for more graphic designs beginning with Fawn, Stanley and Allegro.
These cards were block printed, a technique wherein the artist carves the surface of a piece of linoleum, leaving raised areas which will become the image. Ink is rolled onto these raised areas, then a piece of paper is pressed against the block and when it’s lifted away the ink remains, leaving the image on the paper.
These two designs are from a set of four, and have always had a sweet and cuddly feel to me. I’d always printed these in natural earth tones but have been planning to print them in bright colors on brightly-colored paper as well.
I photographed the process as I printed these—of course, with feline supervision—and below you can see how block prints are made.
A little bit about block printing
I really enjoy working in this medium and I can free myself from the traditional media and a greater realism in rendering. Linoleum block printing is a technique wherein the artist carves the surface of a piece of artist’s linoleum, leaving raised areas which will become the image. Ink is rolled onto these raised areas, then a piece of paper is pressed against the block and when it’s lifted away the ink remains, leaving the image on the paper.
Despite the fact I’ve been trying to video a little block print demonstration, all I have are a few photos taken as I was printing the “Tabbies” cards for Valentine’s Day last year.
The resulting work isn’t a one-time thing, but meant to be printed multiple times–and I do, on just about anything I can think of. They all start out on paper, but they’ve been printed on t-shirts and dresses and aprons and curtains, to name a few things. I nearly always add color to The Tortie Girls with watercolor or dyes since that was part of the original design, and I’ll often add color to other designs to give them extra interest.
Because of the nature of the medium, each print is unique and ink coverage is not always perfect. Most artists consider this random activity to be part of the process of creating an individualized print, and along with the hand-painting makes a unique work of art.
Read The ARtist’s Life: About Linoleum Block Printing for a slide show of images and more information about the medium and about my block prints.
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