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Chopping down doors

February 4, 2014

creating blocks

It’s a studio day and I’m so glad to be in it! There are 3 prints due on the near horizon and I need to move forward. Old kitchen cabinet doors have been super handy in the studio. They have been repurposed as ware boards for pottery, surfaces for burning and waxing paper, boards to help press hand made paper, and now backing for block prints. The plywood has held up to a multitude of uses and not warped.


After gluing down lino and waiting an hour to dry, carving commenced. I feel a tad ambitious to attempt skinny lines, but I just had to give it a go. It might not turn out quite a clean as I hoped. Guess I could always do it as a screen print if this doesn’t succeed.

I would love a little letterpress for just this sort of thing….

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2014 2:07 am

    This looks lovely, very fine cutting. I’ve never used backing blocks with lino – what’s the purpose of them?

    • paperstew permalink*
      February 5, 2014 8:16 am

      The one thing I can say is that it makes the lino stay flat. No curling. It also makes it convenient for loading up into a letterpress. 🙂
      I bet I could squeeze a small one into my studio. 😀

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