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End result

I am very happy with how versatile this block print has turned out. I originally made it to use for home items on my Etsy store, but I think it also works for a wristlet. Of course, I had to keep this one for myself. 🙂

Here are the hot pads and a potholder:

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There are so many possibilities for this block print, pillows, bags, tea towels, etc. What do you think?

 

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Up all night—block printing

 

Sometimes I get on a roll and I just can’t stop. I should have started earlier, but the neighbor came over, so we could walk our dogs together and we decided to have a hot toddy on the deck first  (Honey, lemon, ginger and bourbon). Then, one of my tenants came by with cupcakes, so a couple of hours flew by before the dog walk actually happened. Hence, the late start, but I was determined to try out my new linocut. I worked until 5:30 a.m. and then fell into bed. Thank goodness  it was Sunday and I didn’t have to get up early for work. Well, I have to say I was really happy with the results especially the eggplant color that I mixed. I also finished some napkins that were a housewarming gift.

Most of these pieces will be used for items (hotpads and zipper pouches) which I will be selling in my Etsy shop.

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Coaster upgrade

I am now on my 10th or 12th set of linen coasters and I think these are the best so far. What is different from my previous sets, you ask? Well, the new ones are double-lined with batting and fusible vinyl making them fairly water repellent. The problem with fabric coasters is that if there is a lot of condensation on the glass, it eventually soaks into the fabric and then that moisture reaches the table surface. Adding the vinyl really helps to block the moisture from seeping to the tabletop. It isn’t 100% waterproof, but it is much more water repellent than the previous versions. This does make for more work, but I am striving for a higher end, quality product, not something that you would buy at Target. No offense to Target, I love Target, but I want to create something that is handmade, unique and that reflects my fine art. This set is now available on my Etsy shop.

 

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Linen, block printing and Etsy

I finally uploaded some items to my Etsy site. I have been wanting to do this for a very long time. I’ve reached a point where my fine art and my craft have collided. Here are some of the results:

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Coasters. These are 100% linen, hand block printed with hand stitched edges. The image is based on a painting I did a few years ago.

Pot  holders. These are 100% linen, hand block printed. The winter trees also has a hand embroidered detail. It’s a lot of hand work and it is hard to know how to price these. Any suggestions from others that make handmade products?

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Hot pad. This is a little larger than the pot holder. The image is based on a native Mexican motif from the Nayarit area.

I design each print using my hand-cut linoleum blocks. They are then inked with water-based ink and pulled by hand. Small variations from print-to-print occur as part of the handmade process. Each piece is a unique and handmade combination of art and function.