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9 DIY - Buffalo Print

Hi there, it's Mariah from Everything Golden, back again for another DIY tutorial. I'm lucky enough to live in beautiful Montana just an hour away from Yellowstone National Park. One of the many gems in the park are the wild buffalo. Especially in the winter, they are a magnificent sight. One of our favorite wintertime activities is to head down to the boiling river for a soak and to watch the buffalo.

Here's how you make your own print...

What you'll need: 1. A soft carving block 2. An ink roller 3. Carving tools 3. Block printing ink 4. Tracing paper 5. Old spoon or roller

First you'll need to trace your image using a lead pencil. I found this silhouette of a buffalo online. Then transfer to the carving block by gently rubbing the lead onto the block.

Then, carve out all the area surrounding the buffalo.

Once your image is carved out, you can then roll on your ink. You'll want to roll out the ink on a piece of cardboard until the ink is even on the roller, then transfer to your block.

With the fresh ink on your block, place your paper over the block and being careful not to move the paper, use a wooden spoon to help set the ink on the paper. I played with using the block a few times before re-inking to create different opacities and a cool layering affect. You'll want to have plenty of paper to create lots of prints before you end up with that perfect "frame worthy" print. Once you've created your stamp there are so many things you can do with it, including stamping fabric(just make sure to use the oil based ink). Enjoy!


Anna Marian said...

Lovely DIY. I am definitely not good enough with DIY stamps, but that looks lovely and quiet simple. Fingers cross I hope easy as well eheh Thank you for sharing it with us! xx

Coco Cake Land said...

that is the coolest DIY!! love it! :) can't believe you live so close to seeing wild buffalo all the time.. pretty amazing!

Jan Halvarson said...

Anna Marian - It's not that hard when you start and then kind of addictive afterward. But Mariah did do an amazing job on these.

Jan Halvarson said...

I agree Lyndsay - wouldn't it be nice to just go gaze at some buffalo as a Sunday activity?

Victoria Peral said...

I love the DIY engraving.
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a greeting

Andrea Shepherd said...

Just this week I came up with an idea for a design with a buffalo. Crazy. I love yours.

Zandra Zuraw said...

I would love to see a photo of the river where you can soak during winter AND see buffalo! It must be beautiful!

Tracey Day said...

I love block prints! I used to make them all the time, and must get back to it.

Zakkiya Khan said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! What a clever idea! ;-)
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