I have the honor to design the poster art for our local Rain Forest Festival this year, and with that in mind, I have been cutting some new stamps. Have a look:
|I begin my stamp cutting process by drawing the image in a sketch book, using a real soft pencil, which facilitates the transfer of the design to the stamp block surface. (This is a raven, which we have lots and lots of).|
And, with apologies to Nadine, here is a wolf, maybe looking pretty friendly and domesticated. Once the drawing is complete, I lay it face down on top of the cutting surface of the soft-kut block and rub the back with my bone folder to transfer the image.
Using Speedball linoleum cutting tools and the transferred lines, I carve into the block, removing the rubber where I do not want ink to adhere.
After the stamp is cut, I check my work by inking with a black stamp pad and printing on sketch book paper. Once I like what I've got, I often print the new stamp off on a fresh piece of soft-kut to produce a mirror image.
Here are some test prints of the raven and wolf stamps. I think the wolf looks a bit fiercer now, do you agree?
Watch out for tricksters! Tomorrow is April First which is a day to trick and joke your friends in this country. Do you have April Fools Day where you live?