What type of materials are you using?
Blocks: Most of my prints are made with Speedball unmounted linoleum blocks (they are the gray, hard blocks). 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). For quicker small stamps, I will use the rubber soft blocks, which usually look pink or off-white. I would recommend rubber blocks for any beginner block printer.
Paper: I've been using French Paper Co. recycled papers for years. They are a family-owned and operated business and I just love the feel and quality of their papers.
Ink: Speeball Printmasters Ink for quick dry prints (comes in a tube) or I also use Akua soy-based printmaking ink. If printing on fabrics, I use the Speedball brand fabric block printing ink (comes in a variety of colors, all in 2oz tubes).
Textiles: All of my fabrics are sourced and sewn from USA textile manufacturers.
How long does it take to make a print?
Each block print is different, but typically it takes me a few hours to transfer or draw a new illustration onto 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.
Are you accepting wholesale inquiries?
At this time, I am not accepting any wholesale inquiries. I have taken orders in the past, and while I loved collaborating with local businesses, I am focusing just on creating new pieces and enjoying the process of making small-batch work for my shop so I will not be taking any new orders.
Do you take custom projects and orders?
I might! Please email me about custom work inquiries. I will take custom commissions and collaborations on a case by case basis and if time permits the work. I am not accepting offers for tattoo work at this time.
I want to open my own shop. Do you have any advice for me?
Awesome! My advice would be just to start. The most important step is to first understand and write down what it is you want to sell, and really know why you want to have a shop. What makes your work unique? What voice do you want to share with the world?
Growing a shop or creative business is always going to be hard, so the best thing to do is jump in with both feet. Learn, make mistakes, grow, learn some more, and you'll be on your way. Just make sure it's doing something you truly love!
Some books I read when starting my business were: "Let My People Go Surfing" by Yvon Chouinard, "Art Inc." by Lisa Congdon and "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown. Brené's talk on 99U "Why Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count", is great for creative people! I also love to read the Life & Business section of Design*Sponge - it is packed with tips, stories and advice for small biz owners and makers.