This student is 11 years old. The finished piece is 17"x15." The background is an original desgn block print by the student. We drafted quick sketches of a few designs, carved a sample and did a printers proof before printing on the finished piece.
Work in progress. We did not complete the printing in one session, so I decided to keep the staggered edges to help match the ink color when we finish printing. The drawing is very delicate, the pale blue background compliments the drawing nicely.
A few of my small test carvings to demonstrate how the designs grow when printing a block with radial symmetry.
A design does not have to be complicated to be effective. Think about having a 50/50 ratio of positive to negative space. Pay attention to the corners, carve away some and leave others behind. Experiment with borders.