SCS STAMP CARVING BASICS

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CARVED LEAVES SCS

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CARVING TOOLS SCS

This is good info on carving your own designs from erasers..well for years I did this and I  have about 500 I carved not where I am at the moment so can’t show you any but I will tell you that I don’t like the pink erasers…mostly because while its cheaper at least at Amazon its thin and doesn’t give you a chance for a good grip without getting ink on your hands and then on your card when you try to press it down’t used for a long the white plastic erasers by Mars Staedler…and after many years they finally started making them larger as this long rectangles definitely limited your designs… AMAZON of course sells MOO BLOCK and it is the white plastic easier to carve and large so you can get multiple designs and its ¾ inch thick so something to hold on to and even allows you to carve on the other side so you actually get two for one…if you scroll down it also shows you where to click to see the basic carving tools that come with handle and the blades can be stored inside… definitely better than just an exacto knife…. but these are just my opinions….other than their choice of carving block their directions are great…. pretty much anything you see or can draw you can carve… I would suggest you start with easy stuff first maybe even solid images rather than those with lots of detail but seriously its not hard and as I said sometimes its great cause you can carve something that you might never find a stamp for.

I think this is one of the only carved images that I have here at the condo the rest are all if WA… and even this one is not one I carved but one a very dear friend Lorna Hutsell carved for me …it a very good image of myself …younger of course but the sunglasses on the top of my head are very accurate… We both belonged to an Eraser exchange group that was started by ELIZABETH WALSH from our calligraphy group… it was great fun and I have a whole notebook of cards we exchanged and after Elizabeth wanted a break I took over sorting the cards and sending them back to participants… but again all my samples are in WA… But the

Well I didn’t get any images from Elizabeth think she was out of town but here are some that I had saved from the exchange…some I know who they belong to and some I don’t there were all kinds of people who participated in this and many of them we were all total strangers just had a love of carving our own images and creating with them…

my penguins

my penguins

marn's ducks

marn’s ducks

my friends ducks and I am not sure who did the fish…

lorna's buns

my dear friend Lorna Hutsell’s buns…. she loved plays on words..

lorna's black and whites

lorna’s black and whites

lorna's neuland letters

lorna’s neuland letters…she carved a complete alphabet using neuland letters and then she also carved the kiss.

So there you have some ideas about what you might carve and I will say because I can’t draw that many of mine were traced images from magazines, etc…..even though most of those things would be copyrighted if you are just doing this for yourself and not selling them in any way then there should be no problem with using them…except for basic shapes I could never have done this without having tracing paper and pencil handy…

My carvings

My carvings

I think I said at the beginning that I had about 500 remember some are very small stamps and so I started keeping track of what I carved in a small blank book and I was storing them in a large plastic bin with lots of drawers that was from Walmart in the tool section as it was designed to store nuts bolts, nails etc…but worked great for stamps and then I numbered the drawers with stickers and then numbered the images in the book so I would know what drawer to go looking for them and some are carved on both sides because the small blocks that were the white plastic erasers we were using to carve were about ½ inch thick so easy to hold and to carve on both sides..

Mine and Lorna's carvings

Sorry for the blurry press couldn’t get it to lay flay on the scanner ..the picture of the head on the top left of first page is an image of me…LORNA carved that for me and I still love it and use it a lot to sign the back of my cards…at the time it looked pretty much like me…no sags or bags…lol she had a great sense of humor though as the back side of my head is the toilet bowl….. Love it…I know we had a great reason for the toilet bowl but I can’t remember what it was… A joke of some sort and probably a pun of some kind… In any case now you can see what some of my pages looked like and how I kept track of the images and where they lived… I haven’t used a lot of them in a long time but I think I will start using them again as some of them are really good..ok

now to some EYE CANDY

This first one is another ZENTANGLE video that will show you how to create a specific design over and over again to fill in a space…apparently there are a lot of comments on the fact that they don’t like the music….I had mine turned off so didn’t hear it the first time but it is a bit snappy and frankly i think of Zentangles as being meditative so yeah the music doesn’t go for me but just be aware of it and you can turn it off… also note that since this is on YouTube the right side of the screen has many more similar type videos if you have any interest… also HINT: she makes the dots with a pencil then uses the pen to create the actual design that way you  can either cover the dots with ink pen  or erase them if they bother you…

Y tangling from YouTube

Y tangling from YouTube

You can see its not just the drawing but the shading which really makes this shape stand out.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

 

 

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