My latest project has involved going a little nuts with linoleum block print-making. I bought my first block, tools, and ink with a $25 gift card to an art supply store, given to me in thanks for the semester-long loan of a statistics book. (The loan was a significant, har, sacrifice because that book had been playing a vital role as my monitor stand.) My first project was a save-the-date card for our 30th birthday celebration in Tahoe last winter, which I remember sketching ideas for during a particularly dull meeting at work.
Then I pretty much put down the carving tools until this past fall, when I made a beer mug as an invitation to our Oktoberfest party. (The extras got framed.) We also used the tools for some serious jack-o’-lanterns.*
*The internet offers little consensus on the spelling of this term, which I may never have typed before and suddenly strikes me as strange and archaic, and possibly some anti-Irish slur.
Anyway, 20 hours/week of cooking has apparently not satisfied my need to worship food, so I embarked on a relatively ambitious, edibles-themed project. The grand idea had occurred to me prior to funemployment, but I hadn’t managed to get very far due to a severe shortage of time in the day. But not anymore, baby! Check it out! Multiple colors! Layers of printing! Different sizes!
Printing in progress:
I actually cannot share the grand vision with you because it is planned for someone’s Mother’s Day gift, but I assure you that it’s spectacular. And that, upon the next gift-worthy occasion, you yourself are likely to receive a set of cards printed with a head of garlic. They’ll be perfect as invitations for your Twilight marathon party.