Printing Runs in My Family

I come from a long line of printers. My dad owned a print shop in Minneapolis that was passed on from my grandfather and great-great uncle. I grew up alongside humming machines, piles of paper, and the distinct smell of ink. I believe my obsession with art and craft is directly linked to my time spent in his studio.

I never intended to become a printer, yet I find myself hand printing things weekly. My dad passed away last year and I always think about him when I'm working. After a busy day, I would ask him how he was doing and he would exclaim "I'm up to my elbows in ink!" Now I often find my self in the same predicament. 

Block printing is a simple way to get started with print making! It's easy to do at home and you don't need any special equipment, just a few tools, some ink, and whatever you'd like to print on!

Materials List:

Block Printing Necessities

Speedy Carve Block

Create your own stamps and printing blocks! 

Lino Cutter

Made of the finest quality steel with long lasting cutting edges.

Soft Rubber Roller 

Made from soft, natural latex gum rubber.

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Block Printing Tutorial: Carve a Stamp and Print!


Making my custom block

I thought it would be fun to carve a portrait of my dog, print it on chambray fabric, and sew it into a top. Before sewing, I printed the front and the back of my shirt using a half drop repeat pattern. To achieve this pattern, print one horizontal row with your block spaced evenly. For the row below, position your block so it is centered underneath the space above it. To learn more about basic textile patterns, check out this helpful article. 

Rolling out my ink so it's a consistent thickness.

Make sure the block is coated with an even layer of ink. 

Show off your custom item!

My custom puppy shirt makes me so happy! It's so easy to customize clothing you already have and change it into a truly unique item! 

By Jennie Lennick
Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco

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