Carving your own stamps

Have you ever wanted to make your own stamps? It may be easier than you thought! You can just carve patterns. Houses are always fun and fit into a variety of places in your art.  For the flower stamp, I used a flower shaped eraser!  The easy carve material from Speedball or Artist and Craftsman is much easier to carve than the erasers which are a bit harder rubber. I bought a carving set, but find I mostly use the curved tool for gouging out my pattern. For the face and dancing girl, I traced an image with a pencil onto tracing paper. I tried to transfer the image with graphite paper, but it wouldn’t stick. In desperation I just turned the pencil over and rubbed the back. Voila…a perfect image appeared! Much easier than I made it out to be.  It is really fun to stamp in black ink over your fancy gelli plate or dylusions spray backgrounds. I prefer the black Versafine stamp pad. It is waterproof and gives a great impression. Try it…you might like it!Stamps 001