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July 19, 2013 06:13:10 AM by edelC
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Materials needed:
Thick paper
Two pieces of board
Ink and roller
A car.

the weather is fabulous in Ireland, shorts and tee weather, which is not often said about an Irish summer, and while the sun has not gone to my head..It is perfect weather to print with your car...

yes, you read that correctly. I printed with my car.

This post, the bottom image, shows the effect when burnishing with a spoon, using paper, but I wasn't happy, it was bothering me, for two reasons, The image needed tidying up as I wasn't keen on how the sky looked, but the bigger issue was that I don't have a printing press and burnishing an image of this size just wasn't working out...

I have spent all morning googling making printing presses, they are all too large for the space that I have available and a bit too big of an undertaking when I would only use it once in a blue moon, In the back of my head I had remembered something about printing with a car, there is a good youtube video of this (which I now cannot find!), but using what looks like a woodcut, rather than a lino cut...

nothing ventured, nothing gained, I have a car, I don't have a printing press. So it was time to cobble something together..

I glued the lino block onto a thin piece of ply, but that exhausted the supply of ply, scratching my head, I found an old plastic chopping board, thick and robust. To minimise movement of the paper, I hinged the two together with ducttape (McGyyver has nothing on me!)

so if you plan on doing this, a couple of sheets of plywood will be perfect, it would be even better if you had both a hinge and a lip at the bottom to register the sheets of paper on.

The stack for printing is board+linocut, paper, two blankets to pad it out a little, these were cut from an old woollen blanket, I tried with both one and two layers and it didn't make much difference.

The sequence for printing is, ink your linocut (this would work with a wood engraving I think) place your paper down on top, rub it gently to allow it to stick a bit to the ink.

Put one or two blankets on top (I tried both one and two didn't seem to make much of a difference, but I was  using thick paper, thinner paper will need the extra protection of both blankets)

Carefully lower the top half of the 'press'

Then get your car.

put the press, hinge side towards the front wheel (I guess the bigger the car and wider tyres would be a distinct advantage here. My car is little.

Slowly reverse, when you are on the stack hold the car there for a few seconds. Then off. Don't drive back over it, because the hinge will be in the wrong location with respect to the movement of the car and you will likely shift the paper and smear the image.

The results...well this was the first one, and I learned that seeing as it is a fairly wide image, I needed to go over it more than once, the darker side is where the tyre was. So A few successive passes with the car was needed.

This one is the one that I am happy with, this had six passes with the car, ie place, reverse, get out, place, reverse, etc etc..I went over it three times across the width and then repeated these three again. The image was not absolutely perfect, but when touched up, this is what it looks like, There is a small bit of blurring of the image, but I feel that it adds to the dynamism of the work.

happy to have this image, I have been asked to submit a piece of work to an exhibition, the theme is water, so this will be perfect once dry and framed..

July 18, 2013 06:22:32 PM by LimeRiot
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Hand carved stamps are my absolute favorite craft in the world. I have so much admiration for you master carvers out there!! Unfortunately, it happens to be a craft that I'm nearly incapable of doing!! I haven't entirely given up on learning though. Despite a zillion failed carving projects, I keep trying!!

These little houses fall into the stamp carving 101 category but I like their messy rustic look. I took some in progress shots when making these and I'm sharing them for anyone else looking for a simple introduction into stamp making!

You don't need any fancy tools for these stamps - just something to carve (an eraser works fine), an xacto knife and a pencil!

Start by drawing an "X" at the top of your carving block. This will make your roof line. Then draw two lines down from the "X" to make your walls and a line across the bottom for your floor. The inside of the intersecting lines is your future house!

Next, trace the lines you just drew with your xacto knife pressing into your carving block about 1/8 of an inch.

Now you'll turn your block on it's side and insert your xacto knife about 1/8 of an inch into the block and slowly pull down.

Since you already cut around the outline, this last slice will cause the area surrounding your house to fall right off.

Do this same thing around all of the sides! When you get to the roof, turn your block on the diagonal and slice that way.

You'll now have your simple house shape cut out! You can start stamping now or you can add doors or windows.

To add small details likes doors or windows, draw an outline of where you want them and then insert your xacto on an angle following the lines.<br />

Cutting at this angle will result in a pyramid shaped piece of your block popping right out! See the little teeny pyramid cut out?

And that's all there is to it!! This little guy took me about 3 minutes of actual working time. I experimented with different shapes and sizes so that I could stamp an entire neighborhood of homes!

We recently had some new neighbors move in across the street. I made a little card with my house stamps that we'll be delivering to them with a bottle of wine and a friendly note. I stitched the card to a piece of burlap for an extra detail.

We also have our neighborhood block party coming up! I'm not sure what I'm going to make but I was thinking that fresh baked cookies would look cute in these stamped fry containers with a little parchment.

These stamps are simple and imperfect but I like them just the same!

Update! I used these stamps on fabric and made a little boxy pouch. I used Staz On permanent ink.

May 12, 2013 09:49:40 AM by craftADDchick
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I've had a Yudu for a few years now, and while I love how it made me less afraid of screen printing, I hate working with the emulsion sheets. I know there are other emulsion options, but the drying time between each step was my least favorite part (confession: because I usually wait until right before the deadline before I do things).

But then, I came across a blog post somewhere that said you could use vinyl on a screen. I knew I could use cut black vinyl as a mask to burn the image in the emulsion, but that's all. The post wasn't 100% clear on where the vinyl went on the screen, but after I let my brain chew on it for a bit, it spit out the answer: on the underside.

I was just in the Sea Creature Swap, and my partner loves sharks, and listed the hammerhead as a possible theme in her questionnaire. I found an image of a tattoo design, but when I imported it into my vinyl cutting software, it needed a lot of cleaning up, so I spent a couple of hours working on that. Because of how I did the settings on the vinyl cutter (a Silhouette), it came out a little bit differently than the original tattoo design.

I used Contact Paper as the vinyl and cut it out. I then transferred the cut design (after weeding out all of the non-essential bits) to the back of the screen. Then, on both sides I went over it with the edge of a credit card to make sure it was stuck on there as well as it could be.

Back/Underside of the screen:

Front/Top of the screen:

I covered up any exposed areas around the edges with clear packing tape.

Then, I did a test print on a piece of muslin (shown here stitched up as a drawstring bag for the swap):

It came out pretty well, so I did another test print on a t-shirt (for me to keep), and it also came out well. There are a couple of spots where it bled a smidgen under the edges, but because of the design, it's not that noticeable:

Finally, I printed on 2 microfiber pillowcases. Right after I printed the second one, I turned to look at the first one and noticed that the ink had bled around the image, giving it a grey outline. Since it didn't happen at all on the muslin or t-shirt, I'm attributing it to the fabric. But, it ended up looking kind of cool, so I sent them along as an "extra" in the swap (and came up with a replacement item for the "official" item Smiley ).

When I was done, I peeled off the vinyl (and packing tape), washed off the screen with tap water, and I was done. No emulsion to fuss with, no expensive emulsion remover to buy!

I'm definitely going to use this method again! I did have a bit of trouble transferring the vinyl onto the screen because I didn't have enough transfer tape, so I had to peel of the backing of the vinyl and press it onto the screen as I went. I had a little stretching of the vinyl (it didn't help that I didn't have a lot of time to fuss with it), but it wasn't a problem in the end. But, if I do a more detailed design in the future, I need to use a different method to transfer it. I read somewhere that I might be able to use clear Contact Paper as the transfer tape (less expensive than buying transfer tape at the craft store), so I'll have to try that for the next time.

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