Jitterbug Handmade was created out of a restless desire to design and print patterns.
In the summer of 2015, I began branching out further from graphic design and became interested in working with different media. Starting with watercolour and progressing into print making, everything came together with the first pattern I created using with one of my watercolour fruit paintings. Right away I found that pattern making was a medium I wanted to dive into it completely.
Wanting to create and print my own patterns on textiles, I realized block printing could be done easily at home with my own linocut stamps and hand-mixed inks. I’ve been printing patterns and prints in my home studio ever since.
The art of linocut and block printing
Starting with a sketch, I carve the design into lino or soft rubber using a sharp tool called a burin.
The rubber is then inked up and hand stamped onto the material.
The result is the beauty of block printing – every print is completely unique.