A few nights ago I was inspired to draw an African mask and this is what I drew free-handed. I like it and I thought to myself that it would be a good idea to make a stamp to stamp this image onto fabric. I have been wanting to do something like this for a while and I already had what was needed to make a fabric stamp. After giving the situation a fleeting thought I jumped into it with both feet. Time to get busy.
This is a 4 inch by 6 inch sheet/block of a rubber like material used to make stamps. I transferred the image onto the sheet/block using transfer paper and a regular pencil. I also have a carving tool with 3 different carving blades. I have already started in this photo.
As you can see I am making progress. I have never done anything like this before and it is a learning experience. I went very slow and paid close attention to exactly where my carving tool was.
Almost finished. I am getting so close. By this time I have been working so diligently on carving this that my back is screaming at me. I can’t stop. I can go and take a break to rest my back for a bit. While I was resting I observed the clock wondering how long I have been working on this new project and I was surprised to see that one and a half hours had passed. I find it amazing how one can lose track of time when involved in an activity that is so interesting. I still have to finish this stamp.
Finished!!! By now I have completely lost track of time. I have finished the carving of the stamp and now I have to cut it down and glue it to a piece of wood.
This rubber/block material is just like an eraser. I have seen those used although typically erasers are much smaller in size. I will be cutting a portion of this away from the stamp. I acquired all of the carving and stamping supplies from Dharma Trading. That was very easy.
I will be using this stamp to decorate fabric soon and I plan to make a blog post about it. I am interested to see how it will work in stamping on fabric.