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A New Stamp! (And a Block with a Flaw)

I decided to carve a big 5-inch block last week.

I'm not quite sure that it's 100% done yet, but I thought I'd share a little bit about the process:

When working with a large block, I like to make a few quick idea sketches.  Once I find one that I like, I do an actual size sketch so that I can figure out how it all really fits together.  Then it's time for the first carve. I like to outline the design and then do a test print to see if I managed to get everything:

After that, I like to clean away the excess rubber and print again: 

I stared at this print for a while and then I thought about just leaving it as it is.  I like this kind of shadow outline.  But the maximalist in me won out and I carved in some details.  I printed again:

I really like this print!  But, I suddenly looked closer and realized that the block has a flaw. The actual rubber has a line running through it.

So then I started to look closer and I realized that there are actually two lines that extend across the entire block.  Sigh.  So, I'm left with three options:

  1. Ignore it.
  2. Carve some detail into the flawed areas to hide the lines.
  3. Throw the block away.

I obviously don't want to do #3.  After all, this is several hours of carving.  What do you think?  Ignore it or try to hide it?

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. If you're interested in learning more about stamp carving, check out my online classes.