Hello! Welcome to my blog. I have wanted to start a blog for such a long time but always came up with many excuses not to, some being – not enough time, nothing interesting to write about, rusty grammar skills, I prefer reading other people's blogs, everyone's doing it and most of all because I am probably one of the most guarded and private people that ever existed, sharing so much about myself absolutely terrifies me. But I'm 34 years old for goodness sake, it's about time I came out of my shell a bit. To be honest my first post began as an Instagram caption that went on for far too long so I decided to continue writing it as my first blog entry. My name is Christine. I'll probably write mostly about life as a mother to three young children. Maybe a bit about married life. Lots about print designs, handmade goods, children's crafts, chocolate and cake. We'll see! I hope you enjoy my posts.
Last year we enjoyed printing Christmas & thank you cards with my eldest daughter’s designs, so this year we had a go at printing wrapping paper. This was a great project that we could all get involved with. My four year old did the design this time; a sweet reindeer drawing that made a great print.
1 roll of Plain wrapping paper
Block printing ink
Ink roller /brayer
Wooden block (cut to size of design)
Strong craft glue
1. Draw out a design. Using a thick marker pen on the lino.
2. Cut out the areas around the marked section. Trimming off excess lino. Glue to wooden block.
3. Roll out some ink and apply a very thin layer to the lino.
4. Do some test prints for positioning and ink density.
5. Apply a very thin layer of ink after each print for an even finish.
6. Print the red noses. We used a flat crayon dipped lightly in ink but fingertip will do too.
To make lino print Christmas cards you will need –
Soft Lino block sheet (grey)
4″ brayer / roller
Lino cutting tool set
A4 sheet acrylic perspex (3mm thick)
Lino printing ink
Greeting message stamp and ink pad
*there are different types of starter kits available too.
You will need a good sized surface to work on and make sure to protect table if necessary.
Pencil sketch design onto lino sheet. Images and text need to be in reverse. Once happy with design, carve out all the areas that will be blank. You may want to practice on spare lino first to get used to the right pressure needed to cut and size of tools needed. *Always cut away from body and other hand*
Using a small amount of ink, roll out onto acrylic perspex sheet making sure there is only a fine and even layer on roller.
Roll the ink evenly onto lino design.
Place lino block on a test sheet, use baren to give an even print.
Carefully peel away lino and if happy reapply thin layer of ink to roller and print onto card. Each time reapplying ink and using baren for even print.
Keep an eye on paint on fingers, being careful not to get fingerprints on cards.