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. . . .