Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Monthly Meeting – September 2021: Illustrator Michelle Lambing

At our monthly meeting, a fun and inspiring live demonstration of block printing techniques was given on Zoom by illustrator Michelle Lambing.
Block Printing Tips:
-Check out Michelle’s influences: block printer Gustav Baumann and the more recent work of Gwen Frostic
-Think in reverse when designing
-Think “Safety First”
-Let texture remain for visual interest
-Spin block around for control of cuts
-Adjust image as you go to get the end result desired
-Use printing inks, not paints
-Ensure proper amount and tackiness of rolled ink for best results
-Make a test print
-For teaching small kids: use styrofoam meat trays—or even potatoes!
-Clean up immediately to prevent hassles
-Use registration and reduction techniques for multiple colors