Thursday, May 24, 2012

stamp carving 101 . . . is fun!

Well, I am loving this class I'm taking on stamp carving with Julie Balzer. Most of the teaching is done by videos that are not too lengthy, through a private class blog. I have not watched them all yet but for what I've seen so far, they each run about 20-25 minutes. That's just about right for someone antsy like me! There's also an outline of skills to practice for each lesson and a flickr group to share your creations on. It is working out well and I have completed lessons 2 and 3 since I last wrote about it.

Carving stamps is not entirely new for me. I found out the other day when I located a small notebook that I carved my first stamp in 1995. Wow, do the math and you'll discover that was 17 years ago! (see the bottom of this post for more on that). But I was correct in thinking that a "refresher course" with someone I admire, whose carved stamps I have seen and loved, was a great idea, and a great deal at only $30!

Lesson 2 was about creating two simple interlocking stamps; stamps that you can overlap or rather, overstamp so they compliment each other. I have never done this type of carving before. We started with simple stripes, but I would like to try a more complicated design in the near future.

It may be hard to tell, but these blocks of speedy carve are the same striped design, filled in with black on opposing stripes. I used my linoleum cutting tool to remove all the black on both stamps, creating 2 opposite printing blocks.  




Trying out the printing . . . I need to practice interlocking carving again, 
but it was still fun even if it did not turn out "perfect".



The tags I made are below -I used different colors on a black tag. I am taking this class with my friend Linda Kunsman and we are doing an exchange. We'll make 2 tags for each lesson, keep one and then send one to each other when the class is done! This will make a neat little tag book.


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Lesson 3 was about carving a larger size stamp. The first few we made were only about an inch or so in size. This time I cut out about a 3" square piece of speedy carve and tried following Julie's chevron design. 







I am definitely enjoying this and look forward to lesson 4!

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I could not help but scan some of the pages in the tiny notebook where my boys and I stamped our early carved stamps. They were around 11-to-12 and 14-to-15 years old at the time (now 27 and 30!!). You can click on any scan for a larger, more detailed look.

my first carved stamp, 8-11-95

dallas and decklin's first carved stamps


Remember, I told you they were carving Calvin & Hobbes! 



This is just FUN!! Stamp carving material is so much better these days. 
Speedy carve is like butter to carve in comparison to what we used 17 years ago. 
Maybe you'll join us? The class I'm taking is Stamp Carving 101 with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer! 

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Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.  ~ Ella Fitzgerald

5 comments:

  1. That looks like fun! I just may try it too...thanks for sharing.

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  2. You look like you are having such a fun time with this class. I really like your interlocking stripes, that's clever. The chevron is great! You boys have your artistic genes, that's for sure. I used to be a huge fan of Calvin & Hobbes in the mid 1980's - your boys did a brilliant job with the characters!

    x

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  3. It made me long to buy some speedy carve of my own the next time I'm in Hobbycraft and have a go and there can be no better testament to a great class than to see someone enjoying it like you do!

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  4. Fabulous tags and carvings Lenna! I love how you chose to make your interlocking stamps on the diagonal too. Funny I just posted about my lesson 2 tags and turns out we were on the same color path as what you chose for the 3rd lesson tags are the colors I used for my tags! That was cool too to see yours and your sons' older stamp carvings. I'm trying to find the one my son did in HS and when I do I'll post it.

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  5. Oh, wow, I really love these stamps! And of course I enjoyed seeing Decklin's Calvin and Hobbes carvings :) I just went over and pinched his cheek!

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