DIY: Calavera Block Prints

Make your own block prints for Dia de los Muertos using a Speedball carving block found at your local arts and crafts store.

I’ve always been enchanted by woodblock prints. This technique, originated in East Asia, has been around for centuries.

As an artist, there are mediums that we learn and implement in our work organically. Not all techniques are created equal! There are some mediums that are really hard for me (pastels) and there are others that I just don’t have the patience for (oil paints). Then there are those mediums and techniques that I just haven’t gotten around to learning yet. Block printing is one of them.

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That said, I’ve always wanted to learn how to carve my own designs and make woodblock prints and I finally tried it! It was very cool. I made some fun calavera designs for Dia de los Muertos, in the grand tradition of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852 – 1913).

I used a Speedball Speedy-Carve carving block for this project.
Make sure you use block printing ink — your prints will come out great.

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I can’t wait to make different designs using this technique. Head to for the full post and to learn how to Make Your Own Calavera Block Prints, just in time for Dia de los Muertos.

How awesome does this look?
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