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#CarveDecember 2022 is Coming!

Hooray and Hurrah!  #CarveDecember 2022 is just around the corner.  All the fun begins on December 1.

As always, everyone is welcome to join. New stamp carvers will develop their skills quickly and experienced stamp carvers will sharpen those skills. Everyone will connect with new friends.  Here's the basics:
  1. Carve a stamp.
  2. Print it.
  3. Post the print to instagram.
  4. Use the hashtag #CarveDecember.
Here are the 2022 #CarveDecember prompts:

If you manage to carve a stamp every day in December, great!  If you just do one day, great!  If you use the prompts, great!  If you don't use the prompts, great!

You can find a list of my favorite supplies as well as tips on how to get the most out of the #CarveDecember experience HERE.

I have been hosting this annual carve-a-stamp-a-day challenge in December since 2014!  Crazy! 
This is the year that I hosted the original #CarveDecember class with ten awesome guest teachers and so much designing, carving, and printing fun!
2022 will be the 9th year of shouting from the rooftops: "STAMP CARVING IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK!"  It's also portable, fun, and you end up with wonderful art tools to use.  Total win-win-win!  I also have a **NEW** class for 2022 called "The Carve December Workbook."
This class is very very very different from the previous #CarveDecember class.  It's all about learning how to create stamps you'll love and use.  It's a methodology for getting better at art.  And for taking a different approach to #CarveDecember.  Here's a recent conversation I had with a student in the online classroom:
  • Student: "I’ve never used prompts before. I’m usually a sit down and think about what process I want to do that day..Such as, single stamp, or repeat pattern etc . I’m not sure how to make goals or prompts for a process like this."
  • Me: "I think you should try using the prompts. It doesn’t mean that you actually use them every day, but they’re a good starting place for free form thinking. Alternatively, set some goals for yourself about what kinds of stamps you want to create and brainstorm around that. One of the tenets of this class is to approach CarveDecember with more preparation. It sounds like that’s very different from your usual approach. I suspect more preparation will result in more stamps that you really love and use. Look through your stash of stamps and figure out which ones you use a lot. What do they have in common? Make more things like that."

  • Student: "Thank you Julie. That’s really helpful. I’ll follow your sage advice. I’m really happy this class is up and running. I’ve been waiting for it! Your carving classes etc are always great and I learn so much from them. You are an excellent teacher."

And then a few weeks later, she followed up with this comment:

  • Student: "The work book is great. Now that I have my theme, I’m finding it easier to relate the theme to the prompts. I feel like I will be prepared to carve in Dec instead of winging it. Thanks for making me think about this in a whole new way!"

If you want to think about #CarveDecember in a whole new way, I hope you'll join me for The Carve December Workbook!

Thanks for stopping by!