I recently made a baby quilt out of one of my block print illustrations. It's neat to think about all the stages involved in making something like this. I list them here so you can get a peek behind the process...
1. It begins with an idea...
2. ...which I then sketch out on tracing paper.
3. After refining the sketch to a point where I'm satisfied with every detail,
4. I transfer the final drawing onto a block of wood.
5. At this point, I carve the image.
6. Once the carving is complete, I ink the surface of the block...
7. ...and print it onto paper.
8. When the ink on the paper is dry, I scan the block print image into my computer,
9. make refinements in Photoshop,
10. and save it as a JPEG file.
11. Over at my Spoonflower shop, I upload the JPEG,
12. select the amount and type of fabric I want the file to be printed on,
13. and purchase it.
14. A short time later the fabric is shipped and arrives on my doorstep,
15. at which point I lay it over batting, which I lay over the backing cloth.
16. I pin the three layers together,
17. free motion quilt it on my sewing machine,
18. and bind the edges.
Below, my favorite thing about printmaking: