reunion prep : printing

This might seem like putting the cart before the horse, since I’ve already posted about the reunion. However I had my reasons for holding off on preparation details. I simply didn’t want to ruin the surprise. (Not that I really think anyone reading this blog would attend the reunion, but it mattered to me.) So, without further ado, here’s what I was working on before the big week-end. I carved a likeness of the Lethbridge collegiate Institute mascot – the LCI Ram. (Big news to me – apparently his name is Sam.) I wasn’t able to use it as I’d planned on the nametags, as I discovered that my printer ink wouldn’t stick to the stamp ink that I used. Oh well. Instead I added this stamp to nametags of the committee members and I used it on the candle holders.

LCI ram

stamp on candle holders

Then I thought it would be great to have our own 40th reunion image printed on cards for thank you notes and gift enclosures. I hadn’t carved anything for a while, so I spent a lot of time working on the image and figuring out the easiest way to transfer my drawing to the carving material. I printed my image in reverse so it would transfer the right way to print. BUT, imagine my surprise to discover that the transfer technique I wanted to use would not work on my carving plate. Carbon paper does not leave a mark on that stuff – nada, nothing, clean as a whistle! So I had to go over my design with pencil and rub the back to apply the image. The problem here was that with all the difficulty in transferring, I forgot that my image would now be backwards. I discovered this about 2 minutes after I had finished carving the entire piece. I was holding it up to show my friend, Susan Fae, when it hit me what I had done.

first LCI carving

first mistake printed

So I started all over again,

this time remembering that what you carve prints a mirror image of the carving. Nice I had that first one for practice, right? OMG Who is that grey haired woman wearing my shirt?

working on second carving

correct carving

finished imageI still have a stash of cards, so don’t be surprised if you get a weird LCI card in the mail for no particular reason. I really do hate to waste!

8 thoughts on “reunion prep : printing

  1. You have some serious carving skills, woman!


    1. Why thank you! And if I can keep my brain engaged at the same time I’ll be laughing!


  2. Those carvings as stamps look great! What a cool idea. I’ve never given anything like that a try, but you’ve inspired me to look into it!


    1. I really love the carving. Just avoid the printed words till you get the hang of the “doing everything backwards” thing and you’ll be set!


  3. Thanks for stopping by Keeping Up With Carol! Love your reunion thank you gift idea!


    1. You’re welcome. Glad you like the idea.


  4. Art and Picture Framing July 21, 2012 — 10:48 AM

    Nice – you’re so generous with sharing your trial & error in printmaking 🙂 the end result is terrific.


    1. Thanks. I’m still trying to unload these! I mean, find worthy people to send them to…


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