One of my biggest problems when crafting is not wanting to “waste” my materials on anything less than the best. Somewhere my brain knows this is silly, but I still have difficulty committing. So, when January’s DIY box came, I kept staring at it, wondering what the perfect design to carve would be. And that’s why this review is coming so late. I spent so much time thinking and throwing out design ideas, that I didn’t actually finish this until my February box arrived at my door. That was the final push I needed to do this!
So what came in the January box? It was full of materials to do a linoleum block print on tea towels. The kit included two tea towels, a foam tray, a paint roller, black ink, a linoleum block (wood backed), and a carving tool set. I’ve done a little bit of linoleum printing before, but I was super excited about having another crack at it.
It took forever, but I finally decided on a herringbone design. I’ve always enjoyed geometric shapes, and thought it would be a good design if I gifted the towels to someone. Simple and inoffensive. While I was much more impressed with this kit than December’s, I was a little dismayed when it finally became time to carve. My block was REALLY hard, like, didn’t want to cut at all hard. It took a lot of force to make the cuts. I actually spread them over several passes several hours apart because it was hurting my hands so much.
I think my final project turned out just okay. It isn’t the perfect final product I always want, but this is also literally the second time I have worked in this medium, so it’s not like I should be too hard on myself for not achieving perfection. I haven’t decided if I will keep or gift these yet, but I am super glad I made them. I’m also excited to use the stamp again for some other purposes!