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« on: September 10, 2014 07:01:07 AM »

I recently invited Ludi to dance with me in the IYP Swap R26, but with the scenario that we would pretend we were actually in the Carnivorous Plant Swap together since Ludi's swap slots were full and she was already in the IYP. This was a fantastic swap, and I'm so glad I had another opportunity to craft with her Smiley

She requested something to hang, and I know a lot of people did some beautiful textile sculptures for the Carnivorous Plant swap, but I decided to go back to an older skill of mine and carve up some stamps/blocks for making prints. I had never done multi-color block printing, and for some reason had it stuck in my mind that was the only acceptable way to make these prints. I'm really glad I thought so. Even though it was a lot of work to make all three blocks work together, I'm really proud of the outcome. In the end I realized that the prints worked best if I lined up one of the top corners. The bottoms must have been horribly crooked.

Here are a couple versions of the print on different colored papers with different colored inks:


And the blocks that I carved which are stained from pigment inks I use while carving to test the design:


I framed two prints on cork (I love cork!). One of them has a cross-section detail that I did in color pencils and watercolor to show a bee caught in one of the pitchers (yum!):







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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2014 07:07:40 AM »

Fantastic!
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2014 08:13:47 AM »

And here I though they only ate flies  Shocked And hamburger raw. Very nice prints. And I love the way that you showed how to do the process of layering the stamps. That is common in screen printing and process color printing. I never really thought to do it with stamps that way. I usually just layer my colors on one complete stamp by painting on what color I wish where. Your way seems more complicated, but turns out a nicer result. I like them! Oh, and you could also use your leaf stamp for other things. I see tiki  Grin or something added tropical for a background. Like a pretty parrot? Just an idea.

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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2014 09:01:38 PM »

Really wonderful!! It turned out great and I love the concept of your IYP swap! Smiley
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