As the holidays approach, now is the time to think about the "DIY" part of gifting. Carving one linoleum block can produce hundreds of gifts. Greeting cards, gift tags, bunting flags, and even your own wrapping paper - all can be created with lino blocks! Here is a quick guide to make a basic linoleum ("lino") block carving.
You will need:
Lino block - for this article, I used "speedy cut." It's great for beginners, & cuts very easily. (Found at art/craft stores)
Lino cutter handle & nibs - I find having small, medium and large nibs suits my needs best. (Found at art/craft stores)
Ink - you can use a stamp pad if your image is small enough, or you can use a block printing ink.
Brayer - If you're using an ink (rather than a stamp pad), you will need a brayer to roll out the ink. A brayer is a very smooth, solid roller, that will apply even pressure across your carving, so that you get a nice crisp finish! (Found at art/craft stores)
As a photographer, there are times when taking pictures provides a great personal reward.
Capturing images on a family outing where everyone is having fun is just one of those times.
The pure joy that comes through in the pictures, makes you happy when you look back upon
those images; truly capturing memories and the moments in our lives.
Recently, our area was blanketed with a several inches of snow, which is a fairly rare occasion.
It provided an opportunity to get out and enjoy a family sledding day. Photographing the kids
in action, led to some great shots and I would like to share some tips for capturing moments
such as these. And while this outing was a day in the snow, the tips are applicable to capturing
family fun any day of the year.
Get close to the action. On this day, that meant getting at bottom of the hill to catch the action
shots as the kids came sledding down the slope. In several instances that led to capturing the
kids totally airborne on their sled. And oh... the jo...