Block Print Wrapping Paper Fail!

I’ve decided to start the new year by presenting a project fail. We all have them (I have more than my share, because I have no patience and try to hurry through steps or use the wrong tools.)

I was all set to post this adorable hand-printed wrapping paper project before Christmas. Instead, you get to see the mess that became of when I try to make linoleum block prints with my unsuspecting daughter. I think I may have turned her off to printing forever, poor girl.

First we gathered our blocks and linoleum cutters.



We traced around the block several times so Fen could make various drawings.



After choosing one, we transferred it onto the block by tracing over the pencil lines.





Then I had the brilliant idea of placing a warm iron on the linoleum to make it easier to carve. Bad idea. Use a hair dryer instead.



Always carve away from you, and away from your hands.



Voila! Our finished carvings, (including the scorch-mark from the iron).



This is where the failure began. Or continued, if you count the iron incident.


We tried: rolling glittery Martha Stewart paints on the blocks, painting acrylics on the blocks, rolling printing inks on the blocks, stamping the blocks in rolled ink, watering down all of the above, and wiping away areas of ink. All we got were nasty, goopy half-prints.





Since we still had some presents to adorn, we pulled out the trusty paint brushes. See how cute?



So. Perhaps you still want to try linoleum block printing? Here’s an awesome video from Jennifer Leban on how to do it correctly. We will be trying this again. Oh yes, we will.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Sorry it failed 🙁 But it looked like it was full of potential!
    I do like the idea of hand painting the wrapping paper, so unique!

  2. It’s the process, not the product, right?

    That was my mantra when teaching art, and my catch phrase when I have epic craft fails…

    Hope you are well!


  3. It still looked great. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be for wrapping paper but just an individual print. Was it the paint that make it not work? Is ink better?

  4. Ugh!!! I like that you showed this. It really demonstrates how important technique is and how happy accidents are usually the exception ; )
    I made a couple of those a long time ago and I remember it being hard work! I think there is a softer material you can substitute for the linoleum but it is probably super expensive.
    Great video.

  5. See Jeanette, thats why you are the greatest! U share it all! Oh the countless fails i have had … The wasted pictures and time and supplies oh deary me! I better subscribe to some youtube greats too!!

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