Wooden printing blocks from India are pretty enough in plain wood, but they can be even prettier when crusted with old paint, showing off the bold colors of India. I recently scored this one with a fantastic circus of color (from eBay):
It makes me wonder, what did it make with all those colors? Who carved it? How long did it take? How many times did a block printing artist have to stamp it? Did he get these colors all over his hands too?
It will soon be shouting its loud colors from a wall. Until that project is completed, here are more wood blocks with paint …
Little old blocks from India, from Daydreams from a Handmade Prairie Life:
Colorful printing blocks shown at the Quilter’s Market:
Wooden blocks available from The Well-Cooked Life:
More blocks with color shown at Pascale’s Paintings:
I like the wood printing blocks so much better when paint is left on them. It plays up the whole point of the wood blocks — to make pretty images.