I have carved stamps for a few years but I never felt very good at it. My lines were never thin enough or straight enough, my circles and curved lines were bumpy and lopsided, and I just never felt like the stamps I carved were “good enough.”
I think I have changed the way I think and feel about my carved stamps. Not because I think I’m any better now than I was before but more because I realize that those bumpy circles and wavy lines are part of what makes each stamp I carve unique…individual.
I have been checking out everyone’s stamps from this little December challenge and I am in awe of so many. I love Julie (Fei-fan Balzer) and her carved printing blocks for repeated patterns always amaze me so today I decided to try my hand at something similar.
I didn’t plan it out from the get go the way I do most stamps I carve. I’d draw a bit and carve those lines, then draw a bit more and carve, and on and on, so it just kinda grew.
I have to say, I’m pretty darn pleased with how this one turned out. I love it. I also love that the look changes depending on which corner is used as the middle of the printed piece. So cool.
I think I’m going to have to do some more of these type of stamps. Way fun to carve (think meditative) and I think they’ll be a blast to use in my art journals and in my art in general.
Keep on carving, y’all!
Peace & Love,