Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy sun stamp

Do you ever think, I'd really like to try something (say like stamp carving), go out and buy the stuff to try it and then hem and haw and wonder, wait and stress about doing it? 

That is exactly what I did about carving a rubber stamp! I bought the Speedball Stamp Making Kit with carving handle, 2 blades, speedy-carve block (4x6), instructions and ignored it all, for many months.

Until yesterday, when I (finally) transferred a design from my sketchbook onto the pink rubber and went for it!  So EASY and so darn cool!  

happy sun

My stamp design is basically quarter of the design you see above.  Think I picked up the idea from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer who has a new book about stamp carving out now.  She shares so much information on her blog for free and I've learned a lot by reading it so she deserves the plug :)

1st stampings

I made this happy little print on white card stock and knew it HAD to go into an art journal right away.  The red and white against black just popped and this thought crossed my mind too.  

-From the darkness of doubt, a new sun is born.

A fitting phrase don't you think?  My hesitation/procrastination was completely unwarranted.   

art journal page

Living and learning here in the mustard studio, EVERY day.  Glad I reached beyond my comfort zone and carved this funky stamp.  My Dad did wood carving when he retired to Florida and I like to think he'd like my creation.

hand carved by me

Now, GO dig out that project you've been yearning to try and REACH out and enjoy yourself, YOU deserve it!  

Peace, love and art,

PS. I've already carved another stamp, a devil (for my 67 words project) and made a collage with it.  F-U-N

If you'd like to join in on the 67 words project, I have a facebook page where we can share our creations. 


  1. I've been working through Julie's book. It's definitely worth it if you like stamping -- each stamp she has you create gets progressively more complicated and adds one or two new skills to your repertoire. At first I was going to skip right to the repeating patterns (like the beautiful ones you made). But as I completed the simpler stamps I realized I was learning subtle techniques.

  2. Love your stamp and what you created with it!

  3. How clever to do just a quarter of it like that! It really adds to the interest. And now I want Julie's book!

  4. Love it all. Good for you. Just talking about getting out of my comfort zone, too!

  5. I'm so glad that I found your blog through Julie Fei-Fan Balzer! I'm loving the different shapes, very unique! I blog too: if you want to check it out!


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