Thursday, March 31, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

How to Make a Linocut Block by Wandering Paper Co.

Allow me to introduce you to Alex George, new Etsy Dallas member, and creative spark behind the eclectic, multicultural inspired prints and cards at Wandering Paper Co.  

She has thoughtfully prepared a linocut and block printing tutorial, and has given me permission to share.  Enjoy and check out her vibrant shop and blog!

Materials:Speedball Speedy-Carve block, size 4x6"Hard Rubber Brayer Pencil & Paper Adobe Illustrator (optional), Speedball Linoleum Cutter & Assorted Attachments

First, measure a 4x6 rectangle on a sheet of paper.  You can do this quickly by tracing your 4x6 block.

trace a 4x6 rectangle

Sketch out your design in pencil first. After I sketch my design out, I usually scan the drawing and fine-tune it in Adobe Illustrator. If you don't have Illustrator, don't worry, this part is optional.

use Adobe Illustrator to fine-tune your sketch

If you do design your print on the computer, print it out and color in the negative space with pencil. If you sketched your print out by hand, you can skip this step.

color the negative space on your design in with pencil

Now you will transfer your pencil sketch to the rubber block. Carefully lay your rubber block over your sketch so the edges align. Use your hard rubber brayer (or your fingers) to press down on the rubber block so the graphite from the pencil transfers from the paper onto the block.

use a brayer to transfer your design

Lift up the block and use your pencil to touch up any areas where the graphite did not transfer.Now use your linoleum cutter to carve your design out of the block. A few tips: Use the tool in a pushing (not pulling motion) for best results. Also, turn the block, not your hand when making a curved line.

carve your block using linoleum cutters

Voila! Your block is carved, and you're ready to print! 

finished linocut block

Thank you so much for sharing your art with us, Alexandra!  Hop on over to her beautiful blog to see how to use your carved linocut block to print in Part 2 of her series!  Happy Saturday, friends and crafters!

Etsy Dallas Artisan Market at Taste of Dallas--Announcement and Artists' Applications are Open!

We are thrilled to announce that Etsy Dallas will be partnering up with Taste of Dallas for their 2016 event this June. This will be the 30th year that Taste of Dallas has been showcasing the best of what this larger than life city has to offer with three glorious days of art, music and culinary celebration. And now, Taste of Dallas will include an Etsy Dallas Artisan Market too. This area will include exclusively handmade vendors with all the quality goods from emerging artists and designers you have come to expect from Etsy Dallas including jewelry, accessories, art, body care, clothing, home goods, kids, pets, and stationary. In the coming months, you will be hearing a lot more about this exciting event, but for now-artists go apply here!

Applications will be open until April 9th.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter & Spring Gifts from Etsy Dallas

Celebrating with your family this weekend?  Check out these unique candy alternatives every bunny is sure to love, handmade in Dallas, Texas by our very own talented makers!  Click the pictures to take the link!

1. Knot Baby Headband by PreciousLittleTot
2. Organic Pastel Bunny Plush by RegalCottage
3. Wooden Moon Pendant by SurlyBunny
4. Cucumber Melon Bath Bomb by WhippedUpWonderful
5. Foxy Fox Baby Onesie by DowdyStudio
6. Owl Soap by ThePigAndThePeacock

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Learning Opportunities from Etsy Dallas

We are delighted to continue to offer learning opportunities with the Etsy Dallas Team and Dallas Makerspace. Our first class of the year is Craft Show Like a Pro. If you are new to craft shows, need help with your booth and displays, or are just a little rusty this would be a great class to attend!

Class info
Date: April 2nd
Time: 12:00-2:30pm
Where: Dallas Makerspace, 1825 Monetary Lane #104 Carrollton TX 75006
Cost: $15
Ticket Info

In the class we will cover everything from how to prep inventory, booth designs, displays, what to bring and how to take payments. We will also have an open discussion/booth critique at the end.

Hope to see you there!
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