The Art of Wood Block Printing

The Art of Wood Block Printing

Wood block printing is an age old art form. It's just like using a regular stamp, but with the design carved out of wood. You can create some really intricate designs and beautiful art pieces with carved wood blocks. Keep in mind, anything that isn't carved out of your wood surface will make a print, and anything that is carved out will NOT print. So, making your own wood block stamps will take a little planning and careful cutting.

Start with a smooth sanded surface, and draw your design on your block. You can start by sketching your design in pencil, but make it so it won't smudge with a permanent marker. Then carefully carve out your design using your basic woodcarving tools. Use patience and your basic wood carving safety when carving your design. Once you are happy with it, use a small amount of ink and a roller to apply evenly to your carved surface. Test your print onto paper and decide if any more carving is needed.

You can use your carved wood block to print on a variety of materials like paper or fabric. Create patterns with your wood block by stamping multiple times onto your surface to create works of art and prints by creating your own wood block design. Try something new and try out this timeless art form.