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 youve carved your own block, youll
discover dozens of uses for it.
Youll enjoy personalizing books and cards.
Youll lend an air of mystery and intrigue to paintings. Youll use it to create
background texture and surface interest...It can be used to create 3D texture or VISUAL
Treat yourself to this unique
Hand-carved blocks are a
Youll crave moreand youll 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
- 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
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
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
Book plates or print
block inside for identification
In your paintings or
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
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.
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