Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dogwood Card Process

I just finished a new flower design, based on dogwoods that bloom here in North Carolina in the spring (the state flower, but not the state tree).  What follows is a photographic representation of the process of making the linocut and printing it on paper and on card.

The original sketch, cut down to fit on the block.

The image has been transferred to a Speedball linoleum block.
The flowers have been cut away so they will show through the white of the paper.

Ink on the block, rolled out and the first test prints made.

A close-up of the test prints.

I always to test prints, so i have a good idea of how the ink is transferring and the best way to clean the image up.  I then file away the test prints to and the original sketch to refer to later (and in case something happens to a block and I need to recreate it).  

UPDATE: The cards have been printed and are for sale in my Etsy store. Check them out here.


  1. Oh I love it! The dogwood flowers are so pretty! I like the idea of yellow or what about a spring green? These are lovely! Great job. :)