Day 270: Printmaking

by thecraftaholic


“If we want a genuine smile, then first we must produce the basis for a smile to come.” -The Dalai Lama

What are you producing in the world?  It seems like the answer to life, the deeper I delve into my search for creative nirvana…it seems that the answer to life is with what we produce.

We sometimes live our lives complaining, bitter, angry about the things that we feel we are entitled to and do not get; things that we feel are owed to us, either due to our “good behavior”, or our religious pursuits.

When things go wrong, and life doesn’t live up to your expectations, we can do one of two things: respond in love, or respond in bitterness. It’s your choice, really.

New Yorkers have a bad reputation for being rude and nasty. The truth is, we aren’t really. We are just…in a rush. Truthfully, we sometimes can’t be bothered with telling you where 5th avenue is, or where the nearest F train is. But….if you just stop for a minute, I’m sure you can afford a smile and some quick pleasantries. And if we all do, maybe we’ll have nicer surroundings, right?

Today, I did some print making. I am SO proud of myself, as this is something I’ve always wanted to do.

It’s simple, but it sets the message, right?

Here’s the print:

Well, it’s not perfect, but it’s cool, right?

I’ll call these Love Envelopes.

I am so excited over this! I love printmaking as it is quite a cheap medium! The block cost less than $3, the ink is the Dick Blick brand, and the brayer I actually had for a long time.

You should try this! Even if you are a scrapbooker, or whatever. Just try it! All it requires, is the ability to write letters backward, which is not that hard, really. Try using a mirror. You could of course, trace out the letters, but it’s more unique if you draw it out yourself. Just try it!

The Craftaholic