A knights party invite — lino printing

For Christmas my thoughtful husband gave me a set of lino cutting tools and some card-size sheets of linoleum. Do you remember linoleum cutting from when you were a kid? The smell of linoleum brought me right back to the craft room of my primary school in the countryside — amazing, the memories smells can bring back to you.
With Pim’s 5th birthday fast approaching I had good reason to make a stamp: the party invites! Pim had been requesting a knights party, so I asked him to draw a knight for me. I transferred his knight to the piece of linoleum — you can trace the drawing on tracing paper using a soft pencil, put it face down on the linoleum and rub so the drawing transfers on the stamp, or use old-fashioned carbon paper (another thing from the past).

After having cut out the stamp, which takes a bit of time but is extremely relaxing, you can ink the drawing using block printing ink and a little roller, and press down on a piece of paper. A rolling pin works well to press the stamp down evenly. Carefully lift the lino up and let dry. Done!!

You can also print on fabric using fabric paint — the possibilities are endless…

That was fun! And I already know how I’m going to decorate the party bags!!

xxx Esther

9 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Lily | February 24, 2012 | Reply

This is a really good idea, inspired me to do a lino print of a crown for DD princess party it will look great on pink paper, and we could decorate it with sequins.

2. elke | February 24, 2012 | Reply

its so good esther, really cute!!

3. hennymats | February 24, 2012 | Reply

that’s awesome! I always wanted to try it but haven’t gotten the supplies yet – I have to finish some other projects before getting stuff for more projects… But I love the idea and will bookmark this for later!

Thanks for sharing.

4. Courtney in London | February 25, 2012 | Reply

I love Pim’s little drawing of the knight, and i love how you made stamps out of them. How clever!!! I can’t wait to see more photos from the Knight party!

5. Ladida | February 26, 2012 | Reply

We love this yummy drawings – looking forward to see more images.

Thanks for sharing

6. Paula | February 26, 2012 | Reply

a very good idea! I love it!

7. Emma | February 27, 2012 | Reply

I love this – I had never thought of using linocuts in this way. Inspiring as always!

8. gabrielle | March 1, 2012 | Reply

his knight is the best bit. utterly adorable.

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