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Learn to Create your own Hand Carved Blocks
...and use them in countless ways including easy faux wood block prints.

Thursday, November 18, 10 AM - 2:30 PM

For all levels from beginner to advanced.

Instructor: ANN BELL                281-330-3827

In this class,  you'll learn techniques for designing & carving your own hand-carved blocks.
I use my blocks to add texture & mystery to my paintings.
You can see some examples at the bottom of this page.

Make your mark with your own hand-carved blocks.

Using your own hand-carved block in your work adds an element of spirituality and mystery.

Learn how in this easy & fun class taught by mixed-media artist Ann Bell.

Once you’ve carved your own block, you’ll discover dozens of uses for it.  

You’ll enjoy personalizing books and cards. You’ll lend an air of mystery and intrigue to paintings. You’ll use it to create background texture and surface interest...It can be used to create 3D texture or VISUAL texture.

Treat yourself to this unique class!

Hand-carved blocks are a harmless addiction.
You’ll crave more—and you’ll be able to make them.

 You'll be surprised at what you can do. And you'll have so much fun.

You'll learn, by actually doing:

  • how to design the image for your block
  • how to transfer your image to the block
  • how to carve your block
  • how to test your block
  • numerous ways to use your block, including easy faux wood block prints.
  • which paints or inks work best for printing with your block & why

Step-by-step demonstration & explanation will get you started.

You'll design and carve your block in the morning. I will have a variety of copyright-free images you can choose from. Or you can bring your own ideas. The block I will provide to each class participant is 4" x 6"--a very useful size and small enough that you can carve it AND have time to work with it in class. If you wish to carve a larger block, please bring it with you...or you can purchase larger blocks in Art Supply, adjacent to my studio.

You'll leave with an incredibly useful tool and knowledge you can use to make additional blocks with your personal imagery.

If you prefer, you can bring a 4" x 6" drawing to make a faux wood cut. I'll help you transfer your design to the block.
You'll carve it & print a proof. You can make modifications & adjustments and then begin to print your addition.
These blocks are much easier to carve than wood, but the look of the print made from them is very similar.

You'll find dozens of opportunities to use your block in different ways.

  • Wood block prints

  • Invitations

  • Note cards

  • Book plates or print block inside for identification

  • Personalize clothing & linens

  • On walls

  • In your paintings or collages

  • Gift wrap paper

If you are a teacher, you can make your personal grading stamp...or teach your students how to make their own stamps. When I taught high school art, this was my students' favorite project. If you ask me, I'll suggest ways for younger students to make their own stamps without using carving tools.

I design my classes to be fun and suitable and useful for both beginners and advanced artists.

How can this be?

Classes are fun to both because everyone is inspired to create with new ideas and new supplies.

Classes are useful to both because everyone will learn some new techniques and/or applications.

Each person works at her own speed, confident that she can get questions answered as they occur to her.

Classes are suitable for beginners because I demonstrate and explain simple steps.

Classes are suitable for more advanced painters

  • Because I share all of my supplies. Some may be new to you.
  • Because working in a new environment interrupts old patterns.
  • Because you will find your own way of interpreting what you learn.
  • Because your soul will thank you for a new dose of artistic inspiration.

Regardless of your level of art experience, I hope you will treat yourself to a class with me in my glorious light-filled studio. 

Click here to see what others have said about my classes. Link opens in a new window.

Register by calling Ann Bell at 281-330-3827 or email artist@AnnBell. The fee is $85. including supplies.

If you wish to pay with your credit card,
use Paypal to register and pay online by clicking this Register button and checking out through Paypal.

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My studio is small and class size is limited. If your plans change, and you want me to move your registration to a different class, please notify me by phone at least 24 hours in advance of the class to release your reserved space to another student.

If you simply do not show up, you will have "used" your reservation.

Houston artist Ann Bell is a painter whose tranquil landscapes encourage a closer connection with nature. Bell has a wealth of tools and techniques available to filter though her own experience and vision, enabling her to create memorably unique paintings. She has been a full-time professional artist for over 30 years, showing and selling her paintings through galleries, juried shows, festivals, and her own studio. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and worldwide. She is the author of the forthcoming book 101 Ways to Increase Your Creativity, Reduce Your Stress & Have More Fun.


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I used my hand carved blocks to make the patterns in these paintings. You will find dozens of ways to use your blocks.





All images are copyrighted by the artist, Ann Schentrup Bell 2003-2009.  For purchase or licensing information, please contact Ann Bell at 281-330-3827 or contact. Please do not copy or   use these images without permission. This site is updated regularly. If you notice an error or a link that doesn't work, please send me a message. Thanks.