Thursday, April 19, 2012

Art Journal Page and Stamp Carving...

About a month or two ago I was a little obsessed with carving stamps of my own. I find it really relaxing to do while sitting on the couch at night. Just make sure you put a big towel on your lap :)
Carving the stamps brings me back to High School Art Class all over again. 
I used to love to do this.....why haven't I done it in SO long??? The products they have out on the market now are so much easier to carve than the plain linoleum that they had when I was in High School.
The stamp that is carved on this page is the big flower.


The saying came to me as I was carving and thinking about some decisions that I needed to make.
Have a GREAT day!

5 comments :

  1. I've wanted to try this but don't know where to get the materials needed. Could you speak to that, please?

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    1. Hi Susie!
      Good to see you!
      I use Speedball products. You should be able to find them at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Dick Blick. This is the handle I use:
      http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-linoleum-cutters/
      and this is the block I use, it is called Speedy Cut:
      http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-speedy-cut-carving-blocks/
      There is also a pink block by Speedball that is good:
      http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-speedy-carve-blocks/

      I would stay away from the "old" linoleum type blocks--they are hard to cut. As far as learning do a YouTube search there are tons of videos on this OR I know that Julie Fei-Fan Balzar even has an online class. You can see that here:
      http://balzerdesigns.com/StampCarving101.html

      Hope that helps :)

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  2. Thank you so much for all of the info on cutting my own stamps. We are leaving in a couple weeks to visit my family in Washington State so when I get home this will be my new venture. Thanks for Julie's class - I will sign up for it when we get back - I have it bookmarked. I'm hoping to come to CHA this summer. Maybe I'll see you there.

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  3. This is such a great flower- so full of movement the way you did the petals!

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