If you enjoy carving your own stamps, or think you might like to, pop over to Traci Bonkers' blog and enjoy the eye candy from her "30 Days of Carving" series. I enjoyed taking a stamp carving class with Traci a few years back at Hampton's Art & Soul, but for whatever reason, I put away the supplies when I got back, and there they sat, gathering dust.
But, the more I read Traci's blog, the more my fingers itched. So, I pulled out this book...
...gleaned at a library sale about a year ago, for less than a dollar. The designs originate from Panama and are intricate beyond belief. So, I trace two really small sections from two different pages, and then transferred them by placing them face down on my carving material, rubbing the graphite with my bone folder. As the saying goes, "Easy Peasy!"
Since i've little experience, and since it's been quite some time, my efforts equated to a great deal of mumbling, once I picked up the carving tools. All in all, not so bad, and I know I'll be doing more. I used a scrap piece of my paste paper to stamp my bird.
Here he is again, along with my other stamp on a journal page...lots of fun! I left the little lines at the bottom since they resemble grass, which believe me was not planned. So, now I need to pull out Traci's book as well; I have it, but it does little good sitting on the shelf.
I'm tickled to be part of Seth's The Altered Page this week. Hop on over if you have the time!