I often use the 4 x 6 linoleum blocks which are the perfect size for 4 x 5
cards (we just trim off the extra inch when the printing is finished). We
print on thin rice paper and then mount the prints to a sturdier card
stock. I buy "baronial" size envelopes in bulk from a local printer. We
sign and number the prints on the back of the card as a regular edition.
My elementary and high school students seem to enjoy having original art
cards that they can use for birthdays and other special events. Kids also
like to trade cards so they have a selection.
With larger format blocks, I often have the students pull about 10 prints
and then manipulate at least four of them. A finished series is presented
for a class critique. Printmaking is a great way to take the same image
and do some experimenting with it. Oil and chalk pastels, colored pencil
and collage elements can be introduced into finished prints. I think this
exploratory process if very exciting for students and models the way many
contemporary artsits work with materials.
The Surgeon's Motto: "Never say 'oops!', always say 'there!'