I'm still impressed with myself that I carved 31 rotating repeat stamps in 31 days with a newborn. All of the stamps are about one inch in size and took me less than 30 minutes to design, carve, and print. Here are days 24-31:
I got very detailed in some of these late December carves:
To me, challenges like these are more than just making it to the end. You have to learn something along the way. In my opinion, it's better to do 3 days of carving and learn something than to do all 31 and learn nothing. So what did I learn?
- I *can* make art with a baby. It's not the same as before baby. I have to make some adjustments and compromises, but it is possible.
- Limiting the scope of a project pushes your creativity. I mean, how many ways can you carve a 1" square of rubber to rotate and repeat? A lot, as it turns out. I often talk about pushing past the point of frustration in your work. We all reach a point where we want to stop and go in a different direction, but I think there are sweet rewards on the other side if you slog through. Your brain has to go past the obvious and find new ideas!
- Varied line weight is vital to good composition. This is one of those "I knew that, but I needed to see it" lessons. The finished prints I like the most are the ones where I varied the line weight and used a good mix of busy and calm space.
- I do like these Flex Cut tools. I simply had to learn how to use them. You may recall that I tried these Flex Cut carving tools once and did not like them. So, I put them in a drawer for years. During Carve December I decided to give them another go. It was awkward at first, but then I got the feel for them and it has been great! It's a reminder to push past that initial discomfort!
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