August 9, 2008

Stamp Carving

I began carving erasers several months ago, first with an exacto knife, then a carving knife. It was fun to carve the erasers, but they're very small. I decided that I needed to carve a larger piece, so I purchased some Speedy Cut by Speedball and got to work.I set the stamp down to answer some emails. When I was finished, I realized that the stamp was hanging off the edge of the table and I broke the corner of it. Can you see the crack in top right corner? Wow, this stuff is kind of brittle, the erasers are a lot more pliable.What a Bummer! I tried to glue it, but it didn't look good. There was only one thing I could do; cut it into three smaller stamps.

Then I flipped two of the stamps over and carved the other side.

What do you think the stamp on the right represents?

An abstracted, happy wine opener (another design exercise). If you recognized it, I didn't do a very good job abstracting it!! I think it sort of looks like a woman with BIG hair. LOL

I can't wait to ink these up and see how they print. Stay tuned. . . .

9 comments :

Vicki W said...

I jsut bought stamp carving supplies this week and can't wait to give it a try. Yours turned out great!

StegArt said...

Your stamps look great...I'm looking forward to seeing them used on something. I too, have noticed that some of the carving material looks like it could crack and break quite easily. I have used some that was quite a bit thicker and very easy to have designs on both sides.

Doreen K. said...

I like your carved stamps. I thought it looked like Asian symbol. So you fooled me. Looking forward to see what you print with these.

Lora Martin said...

I like the broken stamp - it seems like you could do some interesting "series" work with the pieces.

On the other hand, the big-haired, wine-opening woman could be a very interesting series, too!

Sandy said...

Nice stamp designs. It is more fun to do our own.

Homeleightigger said...

Brilliant designwork on your stamps Judy - look forward to the next post - I'll stay tuned in! Val

Clevelandgirlie said...

These came out so great. I love them. You are going to have fun utilizing them on all sorts of things. I see notecards, postcards, printed fabric, etc., etc.!

Judy said...

love your stamps! aren't they fun to carve!

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