- I've been concerned that I'm "only" doing rotating repeat stamps. I kept asking myself: Do I need to branch out? But then I decided it was adding more stress to think about branching out. By having limited parameters -- a small rotating repeat stamp every day -- the design time is quick and the stamp gets done. This is one of the reasons I love challenges and kits and other things that put limitations on a project. They actually help me get the job done!
- I've gotten several suggestions from people to carve baby-related things. It doesn't interest me at all. I love my baby, but I spend all of my waking hours taking care of him. The few minutes I spend carving each day are a chance to escape the baby and reconnect with myself.
- Even though I'm carving the same type of stamp every day -- a rotating repeat -- I have been issuing some small challenges to myself to the keep the process interesting. My current mission (which I hope you can see in these prints) is to obfuscate the tile. In other words, I want the viewer to be less aware of what the stamp actually looks like. Achieving this makes the design process a bit more complicated and I'm enjoying the (small) creative challenge!
- Each of the stamps you see here was designed, carved, and printed in less than 25 minutes! I know that a daily art project can be exhausting, but even if you only have 10 minutes a day, you can make art! Take 10 minutes today to design a stamp. Then spend 10 minutes over the next day or two carving it. Then take 10 minutes to print your new stamp. It might take you 5 days of short sessions to get it done, but guess what? If you did that every week for a year, you'd have 52 brand new stamps & prints!! Not too shabby.
I hope you'll try some stamp carving. It's truly fun and easy!
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