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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2008 12:07:19 PM »

 Grin These are seriously awesome!! Thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2008 01:29:18 PM »

Wow, they all look incredible!! The heart is beautiful.

They look great. I've never tried anything like this before. I love the images you did. What kind of ink did you use? How well would acrylic paint work, with fabric medium probably?

I'd like to know this too!
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mleak
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2008 01:46:26 PM »

Hee, thanks minkey :)

sactownsue and karin -- I used Speedball's water-based block printing ink.  It's actually kind of crappy, but it's the most readily available relief printing ink, and it's easy to clean up, since it's water-based rather than oil-based.  You ought to be able to find it at any art supply store, in little tubes that cost between $3 and $5.  You can get inks of a better quality from Daniel Smith or Graphic Chemical.  Oil based inks are especially nice, but they're much harder to do in a small space, as they're harder to clean up safely and take much longer to dry.

I sort of doubt that acrylic paint would work very well, especially if you're making multiples, as it dries out so quickly (actually, that's sort of one of the problems with Speedball's ink, too, but I think acrylics would be worse).  Also, it needs to have the right consistency to "roll up" properly on a brayer and on the block.  You could certainly experiment with it -- maybe there's something you could add to make it better -- but it would be much easier with regular block printing inks!
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« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2008 01:47:45 PM »

Do you have the pattern you used for the mustache/beard guys?  I love them!!
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« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2008 01:51:00 PM »

Blackbird -- I'm glad you like them, but sorry, no pattern!  I just made those guys up -- they're my own design.
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« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2008 02:25:56 PM »

That's so awesome!  Hooray for recycling, especially that awful styrofoam stuff!

I love the beards!
You know what's weird... my younger brother's name is Kenneth, my older brother went to BU and my BIL is currently getting his PhD in Philosophy... and they love beards... weird.
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« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2008 03:26:31 PM »

Ooh, what a great idea! I have to try this. Smiley
The wolf is awesome!  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2008 03:58:46 PM »

wonderful! 
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« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2008 05:27:26 PM »

Like everyone else, I adore the mustaches.  And a big hurrah for recycling!  What a great idea. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2008 05:40:06 PM »

oh man!!! i love your beardos.
and i have one friend in particular that looks like the top right black beard.
is there any way you would want to do an art swap.. your beardy prints for my.... watercolor? or something else you desire... he would totally sh*t at a framed print of that as his christmas gift.
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