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Have You Seen This? : Yellow Owl's New Book, Little Prints

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We are big fans of Christine Schmidt and her product line, Yellow Owl Workshop, which includes gifts, paper goods and stamp sets. Her first book, Print Workshop, was beautiful and inspiring and we were thrilled to find out that her second book, Little Prints, is now out!

Little Prints is full of easy ideas for personalized toys, decorations, wall art, accessories, and keepsakes for babies and kids using techniques like stenciling, printing, image transfer, and stamping. The large section of templates includes Christine's unique and quirky illustrations.

Christine was kind enough to share one of the projects from the book  with us here: Alphabet Block Rubbing.


From Christine:

Equal parts art class and spelling lesson, this easy, simple, and versatile project will earn an A+ in your repertoire. The best part is that you probably already have everything you need to get started! Spell out any name or message to create greeting cards, nameplates, bookmarks, or just about anything else you would like to write. Be sure to get traditional blocks with both the raised carved letters and flat sides. Although you could use any type of paper, I prefer transparent vellum. Its strength can take the rubbing and the transparency allows you to see exactly where you should be rubbing and align to additional words easily. Crayons work, but the concentrated color, clearer impressions, and lack of waxy residue make colored pencils the winner here. I asked the cashier from the grocer for the large rubber band I used here, but if you are unable to get one, you can secure the sides of the blocks together with masking tape. Just don’t use duct tape because it will leave a sticky mess on the blocks. Hear the school bell ring? Well, pull out your pencil case because class is about to begin!

Time: 30 minutes
Dif­ficulty: Easy
Love: Spelling our kid’s name or a favorite quote with a simple technique that anybody can master.


Set of wood alphabet blocks
Large rubber band, approximately 3½" x ¼"
(9cm x 6mm) or elastic tie
9" x 12" (23cm x 30.5cm) sheet of vellum
Colored pencil


1. Arrange alphabet blocks faceup to spell out the word or name. (A)
2. Rotate extra blocks so the flat side is up and place them around the perimeter of the word.
3. Secure the blocks together with a rubber band. (B)
4. Place vellum over the blocks. Put one hand on the blocks to secure the paper to the blocks. Use a colored pencil in the other hand to rub the raised surface of the blocks. (C)
5. Repeat steps 1–4 as needed for additional words or names. Align the paper below the first line and rub with the nib of a colored pencil.


Thank you Christine and congratulations on your new book!

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