Monday, 25 May 2009

Bank Holiday Fun

So it's bank holiday, I'm a bit cranky and tired cos John snored all night and I needed something to cheer me up! Etsy has been down for up date all morning what's a girl to do?


We recently go some fab stationary and books by Lotta Jansdotter at the bookshop where I languish in book hell as a book minion. They are gorgeous and I am so treating my self to both her books when I make more money. I'd love some of her post it notes but it seems a little indulgent for a gal struggling to pay the rent! (p.s you can get these at Waterstones where I am a book minion!)I decided fun could be had by making my own stamp/lino print... after all I am a fully qualified textile designer and I do have printing experience under my belt!
In traditional textile designer mode the first thing I did was make a mess! Kidding... I made a coffee then I made a mess! I got my lino and lino cutters from ebay (then stuck in a box with a one day I'll get to that gesture) and drew out my image... I then rubbed out my image and redrew it cos everything you print get reversed and I'd forgotten this!

I really enjoyed cutting out my lino... lino cutters are fun but lethal tho no major injuries were incured! I went for a tweet design, I have this thing that I'd love to customise my own stationary for feltmeupdesigns.
Here's the finished stamp, I realised after about 10mins of cutting out the lino around him I could just cut around him with a stanley knife so I did!

I then played around with my stamp stamping and then cutting away more lino where it wasn't right. I had such a fun morning... it was relatively inexpensive and I have a lino stamp I can use forever... or until I break it! It's not perfect but I am very happy with my first attempt and can't wait to try it again. (after I have made a million more birdies!)

7 comments:

Chown Town said...

I nearly NEARLY bought those sticky notes last week - I'm still debating the idea...

Sebastian said...

Cute! I'd buy a Cthulu stamp...

Just throwing that one out there.

Cloudberryskies said...

I understand your financial dilemma as I am also a book minion for the big 'W'. Not a great place to be at the moment!

Lucy Jackson Designs said...

That looks great, well done. i know if that was me i would be printing it on everything!

Jennifer Rose said...

good job with the linoblock, the tweet looks great :D

sheryan said...

oh your stamp turned out great! I have been putting off buying my own lino cutter and all that jazz to do my own stamps as well for using in my shop. sighs. One day i will get around to it. your birds are adorable! I hope to get one from you one day soon :)

Missheru said...

Cute! My last stamp I drew blood in a bad way. Forgot to mind where I placed the fingers.