Finally carved some stamps

June 9, 2014

I say finally because I’ve had a couple “speedball speedy cut” medium squares for several months!

Actually, the reason I carved the stamps is now that I’ve organised somewhat straightened up the studio, I actually found where I stashed them.

Carving into this medium was an absolute dream. (Ok, but, I have to admit I have a hand full of proper lino cutting tools now…although the exacto-knife was super easy to use too)

I chose a simple seaweed design and set to it. I found out that it’s really simple to draw your design on paper and then transfer the pencil carbon onto the block by rubbing the back of the paper with something solid, like the handle of my art knife, then I traced over the pencil lines with a ball point pen. (Artist ink pens don’t seem to mark the material.)

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When I thought I finished I inked it up with a regular stamp pad to see how I did.

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Success!!! 😀 Also, it was easy to see where I wanted to trim a little more.

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I carved a second stamp with the left-over corner, and then a third one.

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Then I took a small piece of watercolour paper, watercolours and my printing inks, and drew and stamped myself a little underwater scene.

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Complete with a shy little clown fish. 😀

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Oh I foresee a sizable stockpile of hand carved stamps in my future…lol.

So, I play with dolls!
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10 Comments

  • Reply sorrygnat June 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    You are so talented!

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Aw, thank you Esther. 🙂

  • Reply Christie June 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    that stamp is fantastic! makes me want to pull out my supplies and carve away!!

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Oh you so should Christie. It’s really easy and satisfying, you know, to have an original stamp like that. 😀

  • Reply dawnsrays June 10, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I have several of my own hand carved stamps. I even made a little video of some of them
    http://girlunwinding.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/stamps-and-such/
    It is fun and really nice to see more of your own handiwork on projects instead of store bought ones (which are cool, too. Don’t get me wrong, I have tons of those!)
    Love your design. I see more in your future.
    🙂

    • Reply Veronica June 10, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Oh! Heading right over. 😀

  • Reply bkdonegan June 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

    these are beautiful! I love stamps and always admire them when I see some hand made ones! These would be beautiful printed on fabric too!

  • Reply libbyQ June 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    beautiful stamps~!
    and it’s so addicting to make your own.

    thank you for your visit and sweet comment on my blog. i hope that you will visit again.

    🙂
    libbyQ

    • Reply Veronica June 11, 2014 at 6:37 am

      Hi Libby, thank you for visiting me too. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein June 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

    fun … when i was in school, i went to a nyc school that specialized in art, one of the things we did was lino cut before we did wood cuts .. such fun

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