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

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

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

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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:

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

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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:

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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.

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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!

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

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