Linocut Valentines

Bull City Craft Lino Cut Card

Tell your valentine they’re special with a hand printed card. Linocut is a form of relief printing. The negative space is carved away, leaving the image in relief. The raised image is easy to ink and print by hand.

SIZE: Lino block: 2.75 x 4.5 inches

MATERIALS:

Speedball Speedy-Cut block, 2.75 x 4.5 inches
Speedball lino cutter handle and blades, #1 and #5
Pencils, #2/HB and 4B or softer
Tracing or drawing paper
Blank greeting cards and envelopes
Speedball water based block printing ink (Shown in White and pink mixed from Red, White and Blue)
Rubber brayer
Inking plate, or glass
Baren

NOTES:

Speedy-cut blocks are easier to use and cut than traditional linoleum blocks. Use caution when carving image. Always keep both hands behind blade at all times.

INSTRUCTIONS:

BCC Lino Cut Image

Design

Draw your design on a piece of paper or tracing paper with a #2/HB pencil. Trace over the keep design elements with a 4B or softer pencil.

Lino Valentine 2

Transfer

Turn paper over on top of Speedy-Cut block and rub lightly with your finger or bone folder to transfer image.

Lino Valentine 3

Cut Outlines and Details

With #1 cutter, cut the outlines, then cut details. Work from foreground to background.

Lino Valentine 4

Clear Background

Using #5 cutter in big spaces and #1 cutter in small spaces, clear background. Work from center of area to be cleared toward the edges. Be careful not to over cut outlines.

Lino Valentine 5

Print

Use brayer to ink up linocut block. Ink should have the texture of fine grain leather on ink plate. Too little ink will make the image faint. Too much will fill in fine details and make the image blurry.

With inked block face up, carefully lay card on top.

Using the baren (or another tool such as: finger, second brayer, large spoon, bone folder) gently press the paper onto the wet ink.

Pay close attention to large solid areas which often do not print fully.

Shifting paper or squishing the block will distort the image.

Carefully lift printed card off of block, and set aside to dry. Re-ink and repeat for additional cards.

Helpful Tips

Ink should have the texture of fine grain leather on ink plate. Too little ink will make the image faint. Too much will fill in fine details and make the image blurry.

Pay close attention to large solid areas which often do not print fully. Shifting paper or squishing the block will distort the image.

Clean Up

Wipe ink plate and brayer with paper towel, then wash with water, and towel dry.

To remove ink from block, hold under running water or dab with wet paper towel, then blot dry. Rubbing block may cause small pieces to break off.

Printable pdf file: BCC Lino Cut Valentines

Paper Penguin Craft

Bull City Craft Paper Penguins

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Who doesn’t like penguins? Especially when you can give them polka-dotted wings and bow ties! Download our penguin paper craft, color as desired, and cut out. Then punch holes and attach wings with paper fasteners. Penguins are fun to pose!

Spring Birds

We recently did an event to benefit the Durham Arts Council at Northgate Mall. It was a free Children’s Festival with lots of performances, vendor booths, and the Easter Bunny. We brought this cute and easy paper bird craft. You can make these at home to create a bit of spring! They look great when made with scrapbook paper, but can also be made of construction paper or even white paper that you can color. Or you can even make them from felt.

Bull CIty Craft Paper Birds

Simply cut out a bird shape and two separate wing shapes. Punch holes and attach wings with brads (paper fasteners–they even have fancy shaped ones like flowers now). This allows your wings to flap so little birdy can fly! Add stick-on googly eyes for a little silliness. Spring is here!

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Crafts for Preschoolers

For Mommy and Me Art, we love to draw inspiration from books for our projects. Creating a craft after reading a book is a great way to extend an activity and add some skill building to story time. For preschoolers, we like crafts that use several different materials to keep them engaged.

I loved the way these adorable heart and bird bracelets for My Little Sweetheart by Sara Gillingham turned out. Paige combined watercolor hearts that had crayon resist messages from mom with felt birds. The bird shapes can be precut and your little one can help glue everything onto a paper towel cuff.

bracelet craft

The cuff bracelet can be adapted for lots of crafts, and kids love them. Just split a paper towel roll vertically and them slice into 1″-2″ bands. Anything can be used to decorate them and turn them into bracelets. Just slip them on, or for a more secure bracelet, punch holes in each end and tie with yarn or ribbon.

bird heart bracelet