Clematis – Linoleum Block Print & Watercolor

“If you want a place in the sun, you’ve got to put up with a few blisters.”
– Abigail Van Buren

Clematis – Linoleum Block Print & Watercolor

I really do love block printing, but it hurts my hands too much, carving the linoleum.  I had to give it up.  Here are the steps…  Drawing, carving, printing and watercolor.  Kinda fun, eh?

Tomorrow, I’ll show you the oil pastel version of this flower.  🙂

About Abigail Van Buren

Pauline Phillips, better known as Abigail Van Buren, wrote the syndicated “Dear Abby” column for 46 years. She was born in 1918 in Iowa. She had never written professionally when she contacted the San Francisco Chronicle‘s editor and said she could do better than their current advice maven. Her version was an instant success. Her twin sister, Esther Lederer, became an advice columnist under the name Ann Landers. Phillips retired in 2002; her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, took over her column.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 19:26:41

    Hmmm, you are so multi-talented! Sign business, drawing, painting and now block printing.

    I’ve never tried it either, but this makes me want to run right out and buy some linoleum. What do you use to cut into the linoleum?

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    • Beth Parker
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 08:04:58

      Thanks, Carol! You really should try it! I use wood carving tools and special cutters made for block cutting. Google it or look on an art supply site. I don’t remember what they call the tool, but look under block printing tools. 🙂

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  3. lesliepaints
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 23:37:56

    I love the black and white print of this showing your handiwork, Beth. I have not tried this either. Someday!

    Reply

    • Beth Parker
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 09:22:19

      Thanks, Leslie. Yeah, have some fun and try it. Get the really soft linoleum, though. It’s easier on your hands. 🙂

      “Make voyages! — Attempt them! — there’s nothing else…”

      – Tennessee Williams

      Reply

  4. Joan T
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 11:20:51

    I love the flowers below! Great job on this. You are right about the linoleum block cutting…it hurts your hands. I used to do my Christmas cards this way…watercolors are much easier on the body.

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  5. asmalltowndad
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 10:44:28

    Very cool, This is something I have never tried or had to do in school. My daughters did in their art classed and I loved the way they turned out. Very cool!

    Reply

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