Having been go go go the past couple weekends, i was looking forward to a weekend to just sit at home. I decided this weekend was a perfect for a Harry Potter Marathon as Halloween is approaching. It's become a yearly tradition. So while i was sitting and watching some of the movies, i decided to carve some stamps. It was the perfect way to be creative without having to break out a ton of supplies.
i sat down with some simple computer paper and drew a bunch of different images & patterns. This is probably the hardest part, deciding on what to carve. After looking at my paper, i decided i had enough drawings to get started. i use a glazed ceramic tile, a speedball linoleum cutter, and a speedball speedy carve block to carve my stamps.
A few movies later and i had a nice collection of new carved stamps. This time i decided to carve a few stamps that are purposedly layered, a two piece and three piece set. I also wanted some stamps that i could repeat in a pattern. i always use archival black ink when carving the stamp to see how it's taking shape. There is something about seeing those images in crisp black ink.
That's not to say that i don't love looking at the images in colors. The above is most of my new stamps in different ink colors, distress and archival. The herringbone stamp is actually two stamps stamped side by side. The circle at the bottom right is a three piece stamp that can be stamped together or separate. I love stamping smaller stamps in a row like the triangles.
i am like a kid with a new toy because all i want to do is keep playing with my new stamps. Why not put these new stamps to use and finally record my ink colors. i went to Ranger Ink and printed out their color charts. The above is Archival Ink.
This one is Distress Inks. I love how the carved stamps look in these charts. i am so happy i sat down and carved out some creative time.