“Medieval Lullaby”, a Hand Carved Stamp

 

 

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The first time I tried to carve rubber, I created this owl stamp.  It was harder than I thought, so maybe that’s why I’ve waited so long to try it again.  Here’s my second attempt! I chose this pencil drawing from my sketch book, cut it to the size of the rubber, and transferred the design to the rubber with transfer paper and pen. Here are my tools, which aren’t that impressive. You can find Speedball carving set at any craft store and I had a few various x-acto type tools to play around with.
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I’m sure there are great videos about carving stamps on YouTube. I would never make a video because it would put you to sleep. It’s slow going!

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Half-way through, I decided to add a tiny unicorn in the background.  
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My best tip: Ink your stamp a few times as you go so you can tell what remains to be done. Here is an inking I did to check and see what looked right, and what needed more work.

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Inking it in black and stamping it on scratch paper can help you see areas that need work.

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This is one type of art that I love to do, but I need a lot more practice.  Do you find that once you’ve tried a type of art making and enjoy it, the first things you want is better tools? I need a carving tool about two sizes smaller than the smallest one in the Speedball set.  Maybe with pumpkin carving season at hand, I’ll find one!  Thanks for stopping by!

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*Song on the player is “In the Beginning” by Fahrenhaidt

 

Linoleum Block Icon Print

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There’s an Icon exhibit coming up at a nearby church I’ve been visiting.  I decided to turn this drawing into a stamp.

And then, just as I was about to start, I remembered how easily the last stamp split and cracked after a few uses.

So I decided to carve it into a linoleum block. I traced the drawing *(reduced by 50%) onto the block using red transfer paper and a stylus…

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Ready to carve…
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I carefully carved along the lines with the second smallest cutter tip I had. My set is the standard Speedball set you find at craft stores.  I also used Speedball brayer and printing inks.

 

Will I ever learn!?

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I tried this aged parchment first, but it was too bumpy for a clear print…


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The first printing was not clear, so I kept trying on different papers.

Yes, I really do my art in the kitchen, as you see here. No studio (yet).

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Hope you’re having a good week, I’m off to the store to buy more band-aids.  ~Scarlettmadonna of the owl print




 

 

Wall Art with Fiber Paste, Stamps, and Paint

Instead of sketching a design, I’ll often cut out paper and play around with the pieces until I like the composition.

In keeping with my New Year’s resolution to rid my home of mass produced art, I made this simple wall art for my downstairs powder room.  The more I put original art in my home, the more I like it!

I started with a framed canvas, 24″ x 20″ .  I brushed some acrylic paint over it, keeping it darker toward the bottom third.

When the paint was dry I brushed a thick layer of fiber paste all over the canvas and then ‘sketched’ the stem and leaves with the handle of the paintbrush.

I used some butterfly rubber stamps and stamped them carefully, right into the wet paste.

After the paste was dry I took some acrylic paint and added color.

 


I sponged around the edges with watered-down paint (raw sienna).  FYI~ The fiber paste ruins the sponge!

And here’s my new piece of wall art for my powder room! I’m moving most of my home decor into a more neutral direction.

Thanks for stopping by to see my project, hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Blue Owl Postcards

I made these postcards using the owl stamp I carved and my Derwent Inktense blocks.

We didn’t have much of a winter here in central Texas, so the only snow I’ll see  is the sn0w in my art.

I stamped the owls in blue, then added more color with the blocks, and then finally added some more details with my .03 black pen.

A phrase crafted from book text…

Using a water pen to blend the Inktense colors in the background…

Red cheeks and red berries added with the Inktense blocks…

Lots of sparkly glitter in the forest…

 

I used some white ‘Fun Flock”  to add snow to the branch…

Thanks for visiting my blog and looking at my art projects!

Have a great week~

 

Music: “Angel Eyes” by Tommy Flanagan