Blockprinting Over Thanksgiving
Right before Thanksgiving this year, I had the honor and privilege of learning essential blockprinting techniques from contemporary multimedia artist Alexandra (Alex) Sherma, a talented and esteemed member of the Art League of Hilton Head in South Carolina.
Prior to blockprinting with Alex
I’ve been dabbling in monoprinting (using gelli plates) and designing my own custom, acrylic rubber stamps for about 2-3 years.
Monoprinting and rubber stamping produce *such* beautiful marks and prints. But as I kept going in that direction, I knew eventually I’d have to expand my skillset with blockprinting, which requires one to carve their designs onto rubber or lino carving blocks.
Over the past months, I’ve been pouring over books and watching beginner blockprinting videos to DIY what I could. But I knew at some point, I’d want to take an actual class. That’s why I was so excited when I discovered Alex’s blockprinting class down in Hilton Head, which is where my family and I were planning to spend Thanksgiving this year.
Learning with Alex
Alex is a wonderful instructor; she’s both patient and encouraging, which are so important to experience from a teacher when you’re a student learning something for the first time. Under Alex’s wing, I learned not only about the carving block fundamentals but also how different paper stock impacts the look of the blockprints.
Since my learning session, I feel more confident and super ready to blockprint my heart out, which is why I’m beyond excited to get carving over the coming weeks and months!
More to come (and thank you again, so so much, Alex!!)
Yours in art and creative expression,