The first craft book for kids that I wrote, well over twenty years ago, was called Prints.
It was filled with lots of neat methods of printmaking including using vegetables, sponges, pipe cleaners and more. One of the methods I liked best was to cut designs into erasers. It's a method of printmaking that I still enjoy, but I haven't made any new stamps in ages. A while ago I spent a day in Toronto with Emily and she introduced me to one of her favourite shops, Kid Icarus. They have awesome printmaking supplies, so I was re-inspired to cut a few new stamps.
This first one is a replica of a tiny drawing of a dog that Emily gave me when she was just eight or nine years old. I've had it on my desk ever since!
I photocopied the drawing to make it a wee bit bigger. Then I traced over it with pencil, and turned it upside down onto the white eraser.
I rubbed it so that the image was applied to the eraser.
Then I used my X-acto knife and wood-carving tool to carve the stamp.
I pressed it onto a blank ink pad, stamped it onto paper, and this is how it turned out.
Emily loved it!
This next stamp that I carved isn't very complicated.
This is what it looks like when pressed onto a black ink pad
and stamped onto paper. It looks fine,
but I knew I needed something more to go with it...
...so I cut this one. It's quite rough looking,
and doesn't look like much of anything...
...even when it's stamped on paper.
But, when one is stamped on top of the other, I think it looks kind of cool.
Then I used different colours and shades of ink to make what I hope is an interesting-looking card.
I'm really glad to be back at doing some printmaking!