Creating a Repeating Block Print Pattern by Andrea Lauren

Exploring traditional printmaking and pattern design methods is a strong passion of mine.  Particularly inspired by the great work of William Morris, I wanted to step away from the computer and design a repeat pattern which was hand-carved and could be hand-printed.
In its planning, the design would work as a one-color pattern as well as having the ability to be expanded and digitally customizable with more complex color ways.





1.  I apply india ink to the block to give a contrast when I'm carving.  I use carbon paper to transfer my design to the block.
2.  The block is inked (I use water-based block printing ink).  I registered it by hand, taking care to align the overlapping parts of the design.
3.  A close-up of my carved block.

8 comments:

  1. This is absolutely stunning! The pattern is amazing! How long did it take you to carve out this design?

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    1. Thanks so much for that Kayse! Planning the design and carving took a very long afternoon of work. Actually printing the block does not take very long.

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  2. This is so awesome, that is brilliant trick with the india ink!

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! Yes, the india ink has been a great game-changer for my carving as it serves to really contrast the line you're carving from the top of the block. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on the rubber stamp material that I use but I have seen some clever Japanese-made blocks that are a few different colors sandwiched together to give the same effect.
      Best,
      -Andrea

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  3. This is beautiful! I'd say planning and carving in one very long afternoon is quite a feat - this would probably have taken me weeks to do.

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    1. Thanks so much Jesse! In the early stages of carving, it certainly took me a greater amount of time, but now I have a pretty good rhythm of designing things which can be carved quite efficiently.

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