I am really into personalizing. I try to make most things I use. I have been carving stamps for over a year. This same technique can also be called "linocuts" or "block printing". I reserve those terms more for large scale artist prints. Which can be very detailed and amazing. Although making my own stamps is amazing, I like to just call them stamps.
I like to use Speedball products. I picked them up at the Michaels store that I work at. I am sure that these tools can be purchased online if you have trouble finding them. Supplies: Paper Pencil Speedball carving tools X-acto knife Carving block (these can be brown, pink, white or ivory) *****You can also carve those white vinyl earasers Stamp Ink
Step #1 Decide the size of your stamp. Sketch the design in pencil on a piece of paper. ***NOTE: you can draw directly on the block, BUT it will be reversed when its used AND its hard to erase if you mess up.
Step #2 Cut out the design. Use the back of the carving tool to burnish the design onto the block. Step #3 Use knife and gauge to carve out the negative space. I like to work with a piece of paper under my block so I can easily get rid of the scraps. It can get messy. Rinse your block to wash off all tiny bits. ***NOTE: you can also carve out the positive space for a more solid block effect. ******NOTE: do one or the other Step #4 Ink the stamp test it. There are may be more you need to carve away that you won't see until you test. Step #5 Enjoy!!!!
So I took a trip to visit my boyfriend at work. I flew and drove across a couple provinces to get here, the middle of nowhere. Although he is working the entire time I am here, it is nice to spend a couple of hours a day with him. Its like a vacation from everything. I have a giant bin of craft supplies and lots of time to spare. As you can tell from the picture, most everything is covered with snow. Under that snow are fields. I loved how the sun broke through the clouds for a brief moment. Before that the sky and ground blended together seamlessly. I will post my creations soon! We just got internet today at the place we are staying. I am so happy to be re-connected. It took me hours yesterday to post on Mail Art 365 from my cellphone. Now, I must venture out into the cold.
Yep, I am getting my mail art ready to go everywhere with me! I have been planning to put this together since I started making mail art. At first I was looking for something in stores, but nothing worked. I used the leftover fabric from the dress I made for an 80's party months ago. I love it and I have a lot left still.
It is kinda boxy with an envelope style with a button closure. There is velcro on it as well, to keep it more secure.
Some of the things inside are: *pre-cut 4" by 6" card stock, doubled *stencils *scissors *glue stick *double sided tape *podge *paint brushes *couple stamps *ink (for stamping and writing) *calligraphy pen, extra nibs *waterproof felt markers
I am getting some holiday baking done. Bringing these tasty treats to the annual roller derby Christmas party. It should be a good night. A few drinks with a bunch of awesome ladies, oh there are a few guys too. If you are looking for a good recipe check out allrecipies.com that's where I got this one. I like to eat mine plain. Although decorating is fun, I am leaving that for next time. I have a lot more to do still.
I have been making mail art all day! I have sent out 7 pieces today. It is so much fun. The weather was terrible out today. So much misty fog making it icy out. I left my house briefly, spent the rest of the day cozy warm in my craft room. I did not want to venture out into the coldness. Its beautiful to look outside the window, its a different story being out there.
So I signed up to Mail Art 365. I am excited for the challenge. I blog there about the art I make and receive. If you want to know more about that, follow it too. Here is a link: Mail Art 365 I have been practicing calligraphy. I hope it adds a special touch to my mail art.