Harvest Mouse print by Andrea Lauren

Always trying out new techniques, honing my skill, and challenging myself to continue to improve.  Here is a recent print of a harvest mouse completed using various pieces of carved block.  Follow me on my Instagram account @inkprintrepeat

Handcarved stamps by Andrea Lauren

Using up the oddly sized leftover pieces of carving blocks has been great fun these past few weeks. Here is my Amsterdam row house scene which was made from lots of small, thin slices. It was fun to print out the first four houses on the right of the print below, then print two more in different colors to finish the design and add a nice balance of seven houses.

Handcarved cardinal block print by Andrea Lauren

Here is a recently shared multiple block cardinal print which is carved from a rubber eraser stamp blocks. It is nice to be able to work quickly to develop ideas which I will possibly return to later for more developed woodblock or linocut prints.  These rubber blocks, though, do have a fun, quick and easy quality to them which is rewarding.  I am working on a FAQ post and wanted to know if there was anything you were really interested in knowing about this process or my experiences doing this so far. Let me know if in the comments or send me an email: andrealaurendesign@gmail.com

Squirrels and Autumn hand carved stamp elements by Andrea Lauren

Creating some more Autumn themed design elements for my pattern library and new fabric collection. These Squirrels and extra bits were carved from rubber blocks and printed by hand for this art print which I shared on my Instagram feed.  I rarely share the process of scanning the stamps into the computer, but it always involves re-inking and printing the blocks in solid black on very thin paper from which I can get a consistent look and texture.  Cleaning up the elements can be time consuming if I have been in a hurry to carve the blocks, but I try to keep the handcarved look in the finished design.  Here they are pictured below.

Andrea Lauren collaboration with Graniph

It is always an exciting opportunity to see licensing collaborations finally make it into the market! These print designs--Owl, Bespectacled Bear, Constellations, and Mittens--are currently being sold by the great company Graniph. They are based in Japan but have worldwide shipping and a few locations in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. Here are a few of the products photographed by Graniph.

Deer with Flowers Art Print by Andrea Lauren

It has been a recent goal to start a Nuvango shop making giclee prints available of pieces which begin life as handcarved block print designs.  This first design, Deer with Flowers, started as a set of stamp elements which were hand printed in the general style that I anticipated using for the finished digital placement print.  After scanning in each of the elements, creating brayer ink textures which were also scanned, and finding a nice palette for the design, I started working digitally on the layout.  Ultimately the mirrored design appealed to me most for its sense of balance and proportion, but there were a few different variations being developed during the design process.  Check out my Nuvango shop for framed giclee prints, phone cases, stretched canvases prints. I have also made this available in my Society6 shop

Trees Block Print Pattern by Andrea Lauren

Sharing most of my printmaking and blockprinting work on Instagram these days. Here is a set of tree stamps carved from the leftover bits of other carving projects.  I have a big bin of these and it is nice to use everything up once in a while; also, finding creative themes which can work with a variety of odd shapes and sizes of pieces is quite rewarding.  These trees have become a pattern design in my shop in case you are interested in some Autumn themed fabric projects.

Robin's Nest block print in three colors by Andrea Lauren

Being a self-employed creative professional, it is crucial to stay intrinsically motivated. I have personally found that developing many side projects, learning new artistic skills, and finding creative outlets for my imagination to wander have been extremely beneficial to my happiness in this freelance career.  At the start of each month, or in between large commissions, sitting down to brainstorm some ideas and concepts for personal art making has been a great key to staying organized and motivated.  My Instagram account @inkprintrepeat is the place where I am sharing this journey of making art by hand as well as connecting with traditional techniques for making images--linocut, stamping, block printing. 
Here is a three color, hand carved block print design from a recent birds series. The spot color blocks were small shapes which were registered using the acetate sheet method and a simple jig. The print was hand rubbed onto mulberry washi paper using water-based block printing inks.