About a year ago, my sister-in-law Christine let me exploit her talents by sketching a canning table for me to use on the blog. The original canning table lives in her parent's basement and this sketch is as true to form as I could ever hope for. Seriously, how cute are those little canning jars? 
I came across a video by Urban Outfitters on DIY block printing. It looked easy enough, and excited this print nut to no end. So off to the art store I went and plucked for this 10 euro kit. I doubt the packaging has changed much from its inception (which also excited me to no end) and I'm smitten with the little cat that doesn't seem to belong. I've been practicing carving hearts on old erasers, and it's been great. Soon I hope to have an etching of the canning table to make a print from. I think I'll give it to myself as an anniversary present. I can't believe I followed through on the blog, let alone for a year. Stay tuned ...
If you're interested in making your own prints, I highly suggest watching this hipster make arrows.  
*Update
After posting the entry I skipped over to Apartment Therapy, only to see on their front page a post all about block printing. The article is a link to a Martha Stewart how-to, using found materials for printing. Now I must go out and buy those crystal bottle stoppers I spotted yesterday. Yes, I must.
Chris
28/6/2012 05:08:54 am

how exciting! I WILL stay tuned. and I would love a copy of one of the prints when you make them please. I did some wood carving prints in high school, it's actually a lot of fun. have you tried making prints with styrofoam (like from food packaging) and a pencil? it's super easy and something that the girls would probably be able to do and have fun with.

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Tara
29/6/2012 12:44:53 am

We went on a styrofoam hunt! No luck. :(
If only I could get Aaron to agree to Chinese take out.

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Katie
28/6/2012 10:54:19 am

This is so exciting!! I am so copying you! I sound like a teenager and don't care, that's how exciting this is! Nerds unite!

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Tara
29/6/2012 12:46:41 am

YAY!
If you can't find one, I'll bring one over for you. We can be nerds, literally united.

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Chris
29/6/2012 12:49:58 am

which type of print making are you going to try Katie? the Martha Stewart block printing is SO neat (thanks for posting Tara), I think I've got to try it too!

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anna
4/7/2012 05:14:37 am

you get the tools, i want steven.

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Tara
4/7/2012 05:27:42 am

How about we just share both?

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Tara
4/7/2012 05:29:08 am

Better reply idea:

What good is Steven without the tools?




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