Thursday, April 11, 2013

Peace Alphabet: Making Some Progress

I am finally back in the studio and making some progress on the Peace Alphabet for A Letter A Week 2013.

I spent a good deal of yesterday transferring designs and carving blocks, as my pile of shavings can attest to.

I'm using Speedball Speedy Stamp or Speedy Carve (both names are the same product). It you haven't tried this product, it is VERY easy to carve and you can make very detailed block designs. I use this product all the time and am very happy with the results when using the blocks to print on fabric.

Letters E, F, G and L are now carved with designs for J and K now transferred onto blocks.

Tuesday, while gallery sitting, I had a little brainstorm for the letter I. I'll be doing the final drawing today and for the letter H, as well.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll have enough time today to finish carving all four blocks.

This weekend I'll get some printing done. I'm rethinking the process a bit. I plan to carve and print all the alphabet letters onto fabric and then do the stitching, rather than print and stitch as I go. The stitching takes time but is also portable. Once the letters are all printed, I can take some time to stitch the details. Click here to see finished letters A thru D.

Then I have to figure out what to make with all these little Patches of Peace!


  1. This looks a very interesting alternative to lino .... I will see if it's available in the UK.

    Very many thanks for the lovely fabric - just arrived.

    1. It is a great alternative to lino...I don't use it with a press...but to just hand print, it is wonderful stuff. There is another product called Moo Carve that is also quite good. I'm so glad that the fabric made it to you...hope you'll be able to use it.

  2. hi Julie,
    for a long time I try to find a soft block and found it today..Thank you :)
    Where I can get that block..Can you give me the address that you ordered or internet address?
    your works are creative thank you to share it with us.
    take care

  3. ..and also where I can find the knife for carving for that soft block?

    1. I'm not sure where you live. You can get these blocks (Speedball Speedy Stamp/Carve) from Mister Art.

      You can get the carving tools fr them too.