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PRINTING WITH KIDS

If like me you have little people to entertain all summer long then this one’s for you. Although my kids would be more than happy to spend every waking minute watching YouTube videos (believe me, some days the temptation to let them do it is real), their second favourite activity is creating mess – YAY!

Anything that involves paint or beads or slime or glitter tends to be a winner.

In collaboration with 46 Days of Summer I’m delighted to be able to share this activity with you and your little mess-makers too!

PRINTING WITH KIDS

Printing With Kids

With its razor-sharp gouges and unforgiving (and let’s be honest, expensive) lino sheets, my usual style of printing isn’t exactly kid-friendly. Never fear- with the help of my own little creatives we’re going to show you an alternative, but just as fun way to make some fab prints of your own.

You will need:

  • Polystyrene sheets. I got mine from Etsy. (You know those disks that come with your frozen pizza? They work just as well!)
  • Selection of paper or blank cards
  • Marker Pens
  • Pencils plus any other mark making tools you can find. Cookie cutters are great for very little artists.

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  • Poster paints or water based printing inks
  • Paint tray. I used foil trays which can be washed and reused for other crafts
  • Paint Roller (If you don’t have one you can use a sponge or paintbrush for a similar effect)

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Ready? OK let the fun begin!

  • Start by drawing your image lightly onto your polystyrene sheet, this will be your guide. Go over your image with a pencil pressing gently into the polystyrene. Don’t worry if you make a few holes along the way, it won’t matter when you are printing. Add patterns or whatever extra details you like with your tools.Printing with Kids
  • Roll out a little paint on your tray, coating your roller and apply to your image. You can get the best results by building up a few thin layers.
  • Choose your paper and carefully lay it onto your image (or vice-versa as demonstrated below by my helpers!). Use the heel of your hand to apply pressure and transfer the ink onto the paper making sure that the paper doesn’t slip.
  • Now for the exciting part- slowly peel back your paper to reveal your artwork- ta dah!

Don’t stop there! You can repeat the process over and over ( I’m gonna say it – homemade CHRISTMAS CARDS!!) or keep creating new prints to fill your art gallery.

Have fun! x

Thank you to to Faye and Helen from 46 Days of Summer for featuring this activity on their blog. If you would like to join in the fun and find lots more activities to keep your little ones busy (one for everyday of the school holidays!) head over to their website or Facebook page for more inspiration. 

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THAT DIFFICULT SECOND POST- WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT?

Blog , blog , blog …..aghhh it’s been on my To-Do list now for months; I need to stop faffing about and just get on with it.

Mostly I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about that people might actually be interested in reading. Let’s be honest, it’s very early days for Ink & Folly so I won’t be offering any words of wisdom just yet; but if you fancy having a nosy at what I’ve been up to then stick around, I’ll be keeping a little journal on here.

Since we’re well into July now I thought it would be a good time to have ourselves a half-year update.

Really it’s only a 3 month update for I&F as a business seeing as I officially launched the website in April but we won’t worry about that. It would be weird to do half yearly updates in October.

Anyway, it feels like waaaaaay longer than a few months since I decided to turn my love for lino printing into an actual business. Even in that short time I’ve learnt a lot. My style has developed, I’ve built my website, taught myself a little bit of digital wizardry and discovered that the indie biz community (both online and IRL) are fan-blimmin-tastic!

I’m so lucky to have discovered a bunch of such supportive and helpful fellow indie-bods this early on in my venture.  If you’re a creative independent business owner then I highly recommend joining The Indie Rollercoaster  Facebook group run by the awesome Leona- it’s a great source of information and support from fellow indies and professionals. I’m finally writing this post after re-watching one of the videos on there featuring Kat Molesworth (who describes herself as a social media busybody but really she’s way more than that, running multiple businesses including the Blogtacular conference). Kat shared some of her pearls of blogging wisdom which gave me the kick up the bum to stop procrastinating just do the thing!

Offline, the business has given me a reason to push myself outside my comfort zone. I’ve met some fantastic, inspirational people, forged new friendships and made connections through local creative events, talks and exhibitions.

In my head I’d set myself the goal of being ‘officially up and running’ as a business by the end of the year but since I’m already selling products here on my website, my Etsy shop and in a beautiful local gift shop  I can now stretch that to something a bit more ambitious – hooray!

I’m really conscious of how much time I now need to be able to build a community around Ink & Folly and to start to grow it as a business. At the same time I want to get a balance between that and actually just enjoying a bit of lino printing! I have so many ideas for new prints but never the time to sit down and get started on any of them.

The kids break up from school soon so I’m going to make the most of my last few days of working in peace before the chaos of the Summer holidays. Right, on that note I’m off to find a nice quiet spot to do some sketching and planning without distractions.

Cheerio for now,

Charlie x

 

 

 

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AND WE’RE OFF! INK & FOLLY PRINTS ARE GO…

Woo hoo! I’m delighted and excited (and very relieved) to finally be able to share my prints with you.

All the prints you see on here started life in my little sketchbook which goes with me everywhere, it’s my portable mini mind dump. My favourite doodles get carved onto lino then inked up and printed, usually in black but I love to play around with colours digitally, resulting in the prints you see on here! Being able to produce digital prints also means I can offer customers a more affordable option to original linocut prints*.

If you’d like to see more of what I’m up to you’ll find me on Instagram (where I’m most active online) or you can keep up to date with Facebook if that’s your thing. I’ll post back here soon but just wanted to pop on briefly to say hello before I check the website over for the bazillionth time and go live – EEK. Wish me luck!

Charlie X

*Original lino prints and cards will be added to the shop soon.