Today’s theme for the Spoonflower Design-A-Day challenge was block prints.
Because I don’t have many block printing supplies (I do have a lino cutter, but it is packed away with the Halloween stuff for pumpkin carving), I decided to go kindergarten craft time with this one and use a potato for my block.
I cut this guy in half length-wise, and then did some carving with a paring knife. On one half of the potato, I made some dots by inserting my knife into the potato and spinning it around a bit to take away some potato. On the other half, I cut away potato to get a (pretty uneven) sun-like shape. I used a mechanical pencil without lead to add a little texture to the inside of the sun.
Since I didn’t have a brayer and Speedball ink on hand, I painted my potatoes with black acrylic paint then pressed them onto paper to transfer the design. I did a few prints so I had some to choose from when I took the images into Photoshop and Illustrator.
I opened these photos in Photoshop and adjusted the contrast so I had as close to a black and white image as I could get. For my dotted potato print, I held on to one that had some gray areas in it too so I could play around with that.
In Illustrator, I converted my images to vector graphics and did some arranging and coloring and so forth. Now I have three patterns:
Until next time,