A few weeks ago, I picked up a Speedball block printing kit while shopping around at Michael's. I live in San Antonio, and am in love with the Pearl Brewery complex, which is a rapidly-growing and trendy place near downtown right now, so I chose the Pearl sign as the topic for my very first attempt.
This is the result, printed with the black ink that came with the kit on kraft paper:
You can see that my very first cuts were on the "l", which is a lot less smooth than the other letters. Even though the cuts are not very skilled, I like the "in-lined" effect that parts of some of the letters have. Here's another example, this time with red ink on scrap white cardstock:
(My printing techniques leave a lot to be desired still!) For my second cut, I used a neon sign from the Can Plant building, also located at Pearl, as my inspiration. Here's the source photo I took on my cell phone:
And here is the result, again on scraps of kraft paper and white cardstock, but with turquoise ink this time:
You can see where I nicked the upper-left side of the hexagon while cutting out the negative space around the print. Lesson learned: probably smarter to cut out and AWAY from the center of the image, rather than towards the middle.
Still, I am pretty proud of how they turned out!