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A Love Story

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Love. This print marks the beginning of what is shaping up to be a fantastic creative adventure. It all started when my 7-year-old daughter, Amelia, got hooked on printmaking at a free workshop in 2012. When I saw her happily making prints on an old book press, I knew it was time to finally surrender to the urge I’ve felt for many years to try to make my own.

On Christmas Eve Amelia received a little blue press as a present from my father. It was made of scrap wood and pieces of the old cupbards from my parents’ kitchen and Amelia loved it and told my father on the spot. I think I loved it just as much.

On Christmas Day, Amelia drew this “Love” design on a piece of paper and asked me to carve her drawing into a block. I was happy, too – ecstatic, actually.

We started making prints as soon as the carving was done and I think we both knew immediately that this is just the beginning of something wonderful. Amelia has made many practice prints with her little blue press, and now we’re going to send a little bit of love out into the world and see what happens next.

Today, Amelia, her big sister, Abby, and I will be demonstrating some basic printmaking techniques on WZZM Channel 13’s “Take Five” morning show.

*** Magazine Update: There will be printmaking in the forthcoming spring issue of CraftSanity Magazine!

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Comment from April
Time: April 5, 2013, 4:47 pm

So cute! I love this!

Comment from Melissa h
Time: April 5, 2013, 6:20 pm

Love this print and can’t wait to hear more about your printmaking (and see the press!)

Comment from Amanda
Time: April 6, 2013, 2:12 pm

I too would love to see the homemade press or some instructions on how to make one!

Comment from Jill
Time: April 7, 2013, 3:51 am

These are adorable, what a lovely design.

Comment from Marci
Time: April 9, 2013, 11:34 am

I have wanted to try printmaking for a long time! I watched the segment and am so impressed by your daughters’ ability to craft and be at ease on camera. Tell/show us more! I am including the link to the segment since I wanted to see the ‘little blue press’ too :)

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=251432

Comment from Tabone
Time: April 15, 2013, 9:27 am

Seriouly! These handmade novelty are so adorable!! I like the printmaking in spring break most!

Comment from Melissa
Time: April 23, 2013, 6:59 pm

That’s great you were all able to do a press segment together on this – so cute! :)

Comment from Stan Alderson
Time: May 11, 2013, 7:45 am

lovely love print! and a wonderful story too! :D

Comment from Echo
Time: May 28, 2013, 12:04 am

The print is very lovely,and the story is so beautiful as the love print,I like the printmaking.

Comment from Lily
Time: June 5, 2013, 3:42 am

How lovely your children are! And I love its printed love!Best wishes to you .

Comment from Allen Bell
Time: July 11, 2013, 5:04 am

Wow,the love print is so beautiful!

Comment from face brush
Time: July 16, 2013, 3:37 am

I like your cute! love, i also do not know what is love, but your story full of love!

Comment from Barry
Time: November 8, 2013, 11:23 am

Beautiful print, stunning idea

Comment from baz
Time: January 12, 2014, 7:13 pm

its a beautiful thing

Comment from dave
Time: January 12, 2014, 7:14 pm

nice one – love is key

Comment from Jim Vertiy
Time: January 29, 2014, 11:26 pm

Spreading Love…Nice. The world needs it.

Comment from william wizard
Time: February 4, 2014, 3:38 am

This print marks the beginning of what is shaping up to be a fantastic creative adventure.I love this print.

Comment from Aaron Abbot
Time: July 30, 2014, 12:24 am

Oh, it’s really so beautiful! These handmade novelty are so adorable! I’ll try to make it.

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