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


Comments (9)

February 24, 2012

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.

February 24, 2012

its so good esther, really cute!!

February 24, 2012

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.

Courtney in London
February 25, 2012

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!

February 26, 2012

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

Thanks for sharing

February 26, 2012

a very good idea! I love it!

February 27, 2012

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

March 1, 2012

his knight is the best bit. utterly adorable.

March 9, 2012

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