A Girl and her Mod Podge part 1: Rex

Yep, I made an Angel Rex tray. He didn’t stick around long, I can assure you, he was snapped up pretty quick…but in the time I shared with him, I loved him.

You might notice some black streaks or faint smudginess in the red of the tray. That’s because I used a block print of Rex as an experiment. Not surprisingly, the ink smudged! I would caution anyone against decoupaging a block print for this reason. If, like my little rex tray here, the piece still looks pretty nice with streaking, go for it. But I would not recommend the approach if you desperately want a crisp, clean-looking piece. Gritty pieces only!

Fanciest workspace of all time

A couple of months back, I got back into linoleum block printing again after an absence of more than a decade to participate in Hand Prints.  I started with five different designs: Eurydice, Daedalus, Tentacle Raccoon, Bait, and Angel Rex.   They were easy enough to create digitally (my current primary method of making art), but things changed once I faced the task of carving them, inking them, and getting them onto paper.  It was quite the logistic challenge to figure out where in heck to do the printing and what I needed to do to make each piece come out all right.  I took some photos of my workspace during the process.


I’ll post images of the actual carving process next time around!