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Block Print Magic is an essential guide to the techniques of linoleum block printing, including 17 captivating step-by-step projects and the works and insights of talented printmakers for inspiration and visual demonstration. Block Print Magic
is the perfect reference for a wide range of printmaking enthusiasts. The easy-to-follow illustrated instruction
takes you through every step of the process, beginning with choosing and caring for tools and setting up a studio, through design essentials, carving techniques, and printing techniques. Those techniques include multi-block printing, reduction cuts, puzzle blocks, and rainbow-roll printing. Advanced carving techniques
for creating textures, crosshatching, and three-dimensional shading will give you the opportunity to expand and strengthen your expertise.
Among the visually stunning projects you'll learn to create:
- Colorful, multi-block hex sign
- Reduction cut sunflowers print
- One-page pocket zine from a single block
- Fabric wall hanging embellished with embroidery
Along with author Emily Howard's own work, artist spotlights feature interviews with and examples of work by five other contemporary artists
—Lili Arnold, Jen Hewett, Kelli MacConnell, Derrick Riley, and Aftyn Shah—as a means of clarifying how each technique can be used in different ways.Block Print Magic
is a must-have addition to any printmaker's bookshelf.
About the Author
Emily Howard is the heart, hands, and mind behind The Diggingest Girl*—the name of her print business, popular instagram account, and Etsy shop. Along with selling her work online, Emily shows her work throughout the year at print, art, and craft exhibitions from Michigan to Georgia. Emily was born in Vermont, raised in Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky, where she received a BFA in painting. Emily went on to get her MFA in painting and her MAAE with K–12 licensure at the University of Cincinnati. She carves her blocks and prints her work full time in Erlanger, Kentucky.