Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Letterpress #2

Once more, before I start the post, I have to tell you my latest bad news.  Not regarding the buns this time.  Driving home from Quilt Guild, I heard a knocking sound and a light came on my dashboard.  I pulled over to investigate and found this.


Yep, a ruddy great bolt embedded in my tyre!

Anyway, back to the craft.  In March me and wonderful mum went to a Letterpress workshop at Malt Cross in Nottingham.  It's a pub which also hosts art and craft workshops.  This workshop was with Cleeve Press.  Unfortunately, my depression reared its ugly head and I was in a bit of a state that day.  Lino cutting was on offer to make our own motifs and I did quite a lot of that, just sitting quietly so I didn't get the most of out this workshop.



Here are two of the stamps I cut from lino.  I really do love lino cutting.  I just wish I had some artistic talent!


I cut some more stamps which I didn't get a chance to use in this workshop, though I can use them with ordinary inks or fabric inks.  These are things I love.  Besides bunnies that's my sewing machine, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and coffee!

Oh, and Mr CA of course...


It's our wedding anniversary on Sunday (as I write this), which means last Sunday (as you read this).  I meant to get this framed as a present!  I completely forgot.  There were a variety of fonts to use on traditional wooden blocks.  I failed to get a photo of the blocks or the letter presses (there were three), but you can see some in the post where we did a taster session - go here.


The bunny rabbit and some quilt-block like motifs got a run out, but I couldn't get it right, I wasn't pleased with this at all.

I'm afraid that's all I have to show for this workshop.  I failed.

7 comments:

Rachel said...

No, I don't think you did fail. It's very hard to create confidently when suffering from depression. All the verve goes. You've made something things you can play with, learning more about printing and stamping, and you will have taken in more than you know at the workshop.

busybusybeejay said...

what do you mean,you failed?It looks pretty good to me.I would consider that a success but I am rubbish at most things.

Sandra :) said...

Happy belated anniversary, you two --- I hope you went out for dinner or did something special and fun :) Hubby and I always go to my favourite restaurant for steak for ours, and that's the extend of our celebrating, LOL. Sorry about your tire though - bummer!

Jane Galley said...

You didn't fail, it was a tough day and you still went, a big plus in my book. Belated happy anniversary to you both

Celtic Thistle said...

Your sewing machine stamp is lovely Wendy, definitely not a failure at all!

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Of course you didn't fail! You may not have achieved what you had in mind but you were able to quietly enjoy the lino cutting through your depression and actually going to the class was an achievement in itself if you were struggling with depression. Your heart is a lovely design, your rabbit is really cute and the others are great too. Perhaps have a fresh play with them another day and hopefully you will enjoy them :-) x

CraftafterCraft said...

I love those Lino cuts. I think you use line both practically and expressively. The prints are great. X