The Endless Possibilities of a Square Block Repeat
Using a simple square block can create a myriad of possibilities of pattern.
- Cut a square from the Speedy Carve using a scalpel.
- Draw a quarter circle curve on the block using a pencil. Above the curve draw some simple lines fanning from the corner towards the curve.
- Cut along the curved line with a scalpel – don’t press too hard as you only want to cut down about 1mm. Use a fine V lino tool to cut along the fan lines – we used a Pfeil 12/1.
- Using a wider U gouge – we used a Pfeil 11/3 to clear away the underside of the curve – cut from the corner towards the curve to create a fan design. We wanted to cut most of the block away here.
- The finished block
- Draw an arrow on the back of your block to know which direction it will print.
Now the fun begins!
A simple straight design – keeping the arrow pointing up. The lilac square will indicate how to position the block.
Alternate columns will create a semi-circle repeat.
Alternate semi-circle repeat.
Full circle repeat. This is a rotating square.
Staggered full rotation. This is a repeating square.
Staggered full rotation – alternate rows. This is a repeating rectangle.
Half turn repeat.
Half turn repeat – alternate rows.
Three Quarter turn repeat.
Rotating Weave repeat
Rotating Weave repeat turned 90′ – this one is mind-boggling!