I was bored today, so I decided to take on a brand new craft: Block Printing. Normally, this would end in disaster with me probably bleeding and definitely crying in a puddle of my own failed craftyness.
I picked up the Speedball Block Printing starter kit and decided that I would make my first block an homage to a horror film I just watched for the first time: Gremlins.
So I trace the cute little picture of Gizmo on the DVD cover a few times and then draw it onto the block. Apparently, my free hand drawing made gizmo a sassy and angry creature, and I'm ok with that. I load up my #1 tip into the handle, make my first cut and SNAP! #1 breaks in half. So I dig out the outline of Gizmo with just the sharp pointy end and manage not to cut myself (though I do have a blister on my thumb now.
I figure, let's give the tool another try: #2 tip in to pull out some bigger sections and no breaks. Well, except for the new long skinny cut on my left index finger from when I was putting the tool down (I wasn't even cutting at the time, people - that's talent). I freehand some text "Just Add Water" and a drop of water flying at Gizmo's head. Only the text actually came out "Lust Add Water", so I had to fix that before moving on.
So then I say, "Trent, what do you want to print on? I know! My favorite messenger bag!" It was at this point that I realized that I actually carved little Gizmo wrong and his impression was a negative of the actual way I wanted it cut (lesson learned? probably not). No worries, though.
From here, outside of my blue screen printing fabric ink not filling properly, I'd say it went pretty well.
The promised pics:
Inside top of bag:
Bottom of bag:
Unintentionally wavy close up:
Action shots: What's in the bag?
Gremlins, of course!