Carving really isn't that hard at all. Besides a basic carving kit, all you need is patience mixed with enthusiasm and you're well on your way!
Now, I want to take you through my process of carving out the large flower stamp. (I guess this is kinda like a tutorial, BUT I'll be sharing workflow tips + a general step-by-step.)
|As you can see here, I've started the flower stamp without taking the initial photo! Ooops! Well, look on the right side of this photo (my alternating chevron stamp) and you'll see an example of the First Step, which is, transferring your design to the rubber/linoleum. Those black ink pen marks indicate places that will be carved away.|
|DO NOT try to carve away details first! You'll only be working against yourself. Instead, carve away larger areas FIRST.|
Now, we're ready to ink up the stamp...but wait - let us admire our handiwork, first....*sigh* Isn't she lovely?! Ok, back to business!
|I'm using an old phone book as my "inking plate". Roll out some water-soluble, block printing ink. The consistency should be very smooth.|
|The ink is distributed evenly across the entire surface of the stamp. Does yours look like this? If not, take your brayer and roll off excess paint, then apply excess paint to piece of scrap paper.|
Time for a test print! Burnish (or gently apply pressure) to the back of the stamp
|My rubber stamp is pretty thick in size (half an inch), so, I'm able to lift it and stamp onto a piece of scrap paper with a fair amount of ease. Another option is to mount the stamp onto a block of wood, for easier handling.|
|What a beautiful impression! This test print is helpful when determining what areas I need to carve away. I think the center area needs a little more attention...carve more hairy lines and it's a wrap!|
So, there you have it! Not too bad, right?
Now, I'll need to figure out what projects to create with my *brand new* large flower stamp! Any suggestions??