I'm happy and sad to share the last of my #CarveDecember stamps with you. Happy - because I love to share them! Sad - because it means it's over.
The remainder of these stamps were carved while on vacation in Mexico. I love that stamp carving is a portable art form that you really can take anywhere!
The hexagon-circle stamp above was super easy to carve but has so much impact. I am reminded that simplicity can be incredibly beautiful! I didn't bring any colored ink pads with me, but I'm itching to print this stamp in color. I think it will create a multi colored patchwork that is just so pretty!
This next set of prints is the same stamp. After printing once, I decided that the pattern was too dense and so I added some white space.
Which version do you prefer?
I like the way the two stamps work together!
Next week I will share some of my favorite #CarveDecember stamps that other people posted. But until then, here are a few things I'm taking away from the experience:
- Your stamp is only as good as your original markings. It's worth taking the time to carefully mark your design. I feel like I learn this one the hard way every single time. I get lazy and just want to get to carving and then it takes forever to fix the problems, which could have been easily fixed with better planning. Sigh.
- Printing is 70% of the art form for me. What you print on, what colors you use, the angle, the repeat -- all of that stuff is super fun and can really change the look of the stamp.
- My 100 day experience made me think that I might be burnt out on daily art making. But the fantastic news is that I'm not! I loved carving every day in December. In fact, it re-inspired me to commit to Art Journal Every Day. I mean, if I can carve and print a stamp and even record and edit and post a process video of that stamp every single day, I can certainly commit to ten-minutes-a-day in my art journal, right?!
- When I began the month by posting carving and printing tips along with each instagram post, I was concerned that I might run out of tips or get repetitive. But it didn't happen. In fact, I was amazed that -- even after two online classes and a book on the subject -- I had so much more to share!
- I will never tire of seeing people get excited by stamp carving! Carving is an art form that a lot of people avoid because they think it's going to be difficult or time consuming. One of the reasons I started #CarveDecember and that I believe in it so much is that it disproves those notions. Stamp carving is fun and easy and doesn't take an enormous amount of time. I love the sharing and community of #CarveDecember.
- Complicated and fancy stamps aren't always the most impactful. Sometimes you get more bang for your buck with simple and graphic designs.
- Rubber goes bad! Hoarders be aware! Even my beloved pink Speedy Carve gets hard and difficult to carve after a few years of kicking around. So, use it so that you don't lose it!
Finally, I wanted to create an easy way to view all 2017 #CarveDecember posts, so here's a clickable list:
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Did you participate in #CarveDecember this year? If you did, leave a link to your instagram account in the comments section of this post!