Jewelry from salvaged wood

Shawn Taylor of prasseindesignstudio shares her process of making a wooden wrist cuff from salvaged wood.

Book Sculpture

Mark Bernahl is a sculptor and here he shows some books that he has carved with an X-acto Knife.

Printing on fabric

This multi-colour printing process uses four wooden blocks to apply ink to a fabric. It's more like rubber stamping than woodblock printing in which the paper is taken to the woodblock.

3 April 2007

Making a GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle

A simple toy with a curious name.

Can you make the propellor switch directions?

A 17-color Moku Hanga print

Graham Scholes demonstrates the making of a 17-colour print. See Grahams work at, where you can also find out about his courses and instructional DVD's.

For more on printmaking, check out Woodblock prints and printing.

What is Art?

A light-hearted look at the meaning of art.

The animation was made by Aardman Animations.

Exploring spoons

When is a spoon not a spoon? Woodcarver Bertie Sømme discusses some of his more bizarre spoon designs.

Sasano-Bori wood carving

Sasano-Bori are traditional Japanese carvings of birds. They are made from small branches using a carving tool called a Sarukiri, more like a meat cleaver than anything we use in the west for carving wood. Farmers in the village of Sasano spend their winters sitting by the fire carving the sasanobori birds, which were originally made to solicit the favor of the gods during war.[1][2]

Botanical monotypes

Mary Margaret Briggs uses plants in her monotype works.

She says little about the physical process, but if you watch closely you can see how the grass is sandwiched between the canvass and the inked plate.

Making a gelatin plate

Printing from a gelatin plate uses water based inks. Very little pressure is needed, so no press is needed. This video shows how to make the gelatin plate.

Monotype print making demonstration

Today we have a demonstration of the whole process of making a monotype print:

Monotype month

Happy New Year everyone.

This month I plan to concentrate solely on monotype print making. This print process has been described as the most painterly print making process. The image is created on a smooth non-absorbent surface, by both adding and removing ink as needed, then printing a single copy on to paper.

This introductory video is a trailer for an instructional video by Julia and Gail Ayres, and shows some of the interesting techniques that can be used in creating images.

Read more about monotypes in "The distinction between monotypes and monoprints and the process of creating these works on paper".

Stay tuned to Craft Videos for more on monotypes during the rest of the month.