Holiday Ideas

November 23rd, 2011

As some of you may have noticed, the holiday season is upon us. If you are searching for the right gift for a fellow printmaker, look no further, as we have Gift Certificates available in any amount.

McClain’s also has some really excellent supplies for creating your own handcrafted gift cards. Included below are some brief instructions and a list of the supplies you’ll need.

Carve your design into a 4″x6″ block of Shina or draw it into a Scratch Foam plate.

Carved Block

Carved Block

Step 2:

Grab some Akua Kolor, Caligo Relief Ink, Akua Intaglio inks or an Akua Intaglio Intro Set. All of these inks wash up with soap and water.

If you like working with oil based ink then get a jar or two of the always excellent Gamblin Relief Ink.

Use an Ink Knife to spread out some ink,  and then roll it on your block with a Speedball Brayer.

Ready to Ink

Ready to ink up.

Inked up

All set to print.

Step 3:

Place a Washi Postcard or Foldable Card on top of your block, and rub away with your favorite Baren or wooden spoon.

Baren, Inked Block and Washi Cards


Print on Washi Card

1st Print and Block

First print on Washi (left) with Block (right)


Sharpie Edit


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