I am finally back in the studio and working on a new, small project. This time it's a multiple block print using two separate blocks, hopefully matching them to make one print. The picture in my head was a honey bee on a honeycomb. The honeycomb would be the background of the print (naturally) and the bee would be printed on top. Easy, right?
So I started with the key block, a 3 x 4 inch mounted linoleum block
And it didn't take me long to carve it.
So then I needed to figure out how to get a honeycomb design on the second block. I tried drawing it freehand and that didn't work. I bought a drafting template with hexagons, well, that was a pain. I was about to give up.
Then last night, as I was washing dishes, I discovered the solution. We have these silicone hot pads to protect the counter and table from a hot pan or dish. And what do you know? They have hexagonal pattern the perfect size. So I sacrificed one...
I inked it with a stamp pad and laid it on the block and there it is, by geometric pattern!
And yes, it will still be a challenge to actually carve the block. Take heart, I am not going to carve the honey comb in a rectangle. I'm going to, well, wait and see. I will post the final product when it's finished...