Frequently Asked Questions
How much is a batch of journals?
Here is the price breakdown:
Custom Cover: $50 per linoleum block carving
Pocket Journals: $8 for each journal
Notebook Journals: $12 for each journal
If you are interested in ordering a batch of journals, please send me an email and say hello! I would love to hear from you. Please also include any ideas you have for the covers, quantity of journals you are ordering and preferred delivery date.
How long does a block print take?
Each block print is different, but typically it takes me a few hours to transfer a drawing to the linoleum block, and either a half a day or full day of carving. After carving, its around another hour to ink and press each print by hand. One print can take anywhere from 5 hours to 3 days depending on detail and size.
What type of blocks/ink are you using?
My usual go-to blocks are Speedball unmounted blocks (gray color hard blocks) and Akua printmaking ink. If printing on fabrics, I use the Speedball brand fabric block print ink (comes in a variety of colors, all in 2oz tubes). If you decide to carve into hard linoelum, I would recommend using an iron to heat your blocks as you carve to make it a softer surface. Just don't overheat the block or it will break. All of my papers and fabrics are sourced from USA businesses. To read more about the materials I use and my process visit here.
Do you do freelance/custom work?
I sure do! Please feel free to contact me and let me know what you have in mind, and we can collaborate on something unique. I work on all types of collaborations from logos, to custom fabrics, and products for kickstarters. See my custom work page here.
How did you find your style?
For me, finding a "style" is about the ideas you have and want to translate, and the materials you use are the way to bring that idea to life. Most of my ideas I find in shapes and patterns of 18th century art. I love looking through museum archives to find paintings and sculptures that inspire me. Also, one of my favorite art styles is called Madhubani Art (or Mithila paintings) that's done by women in the regions of India and Nepal. They use their fingers, sticks, brushes, and matchsticks to create these beautiful, geometric paintings that typically tell stories of life or for ritual customs. I remember seeing one of these paintings in person and fell in love.
In terms of materials, it took me a few years of experimenting to find the right tools that I liked working with the most. I started out drawing very detailed illustrations using microns. I also did some block printing, but didn't really fully understand the process and it's potential just yet. After a while, I felt a bit stuck in my mode of making work, so I started experimenting with pen and nib and then with watercolors. I've tried almost everything. Eventually, my process led me back to block printing. The technique of block printing felt the most unique and handmade to me. I love hand carving and hand pressing a piece of art. It feels like such a natural fit for my work, and I stuck with it until I found the right materials and process that I now feel comfortable making work from. I started printing on textiles as well and found so much joy in that process.
I want to start a creative business too. Do you have any advice for me?
Awesome! In my opinion, growing a creative business is always going to be harder than you would think. It will take a lot of time, effort and passion. Make sure its doing something you truly love, because on the hard days when you want to give up (trust me, there will be plenty!) your passion will allow you to keep going. And most importantly, have fun. Running a business or shop is not easy, but following your passion is always worth the ride. And of course, you can always email me for more questions and advice.
Some books I read when starting out were "Let My People Go Surfing" by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and "Art Inc." by Lisa Congdon. "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown is great. I highly recommend her second Ted Talk to all, especially creative people!