Michelle, what have you done to me? I can't stop carving stamps! The only reason I've put down my carving tool tonight is because I've run out of Speedball block (but Michael's has a 50% off coupon for this Friday!) Above is a sample of my stamps so far. I'll share a few tips that I've learned during my brief tenure as a stamp carver:
1. Speedball carving block is VERY soft and crumbles easily. The carving tools work much better than an xacto knife.
2. If you carve it after having a glass of wine, your figure is likely to lose an eye or a limb (good thing I started with an eraser!)
3. It is SUPER easy to transfer your designs directly from your sketchbook if you use charcoal pencil. Just draw, place a piece on carving block on top, press down a little and BOOM, you got it, sister! If you write your own text, there's no need for reversing, since it will reverse in the transfer (see sample).
I played a little more with my beloved Batboy (thanks for all of the kind comments, I truly appreciate them, although it's kind of give him an overinflated sense of self;) and his new friend Frogpal. I doodled on this page as part of the Arty Girlz challenge for the week, although I swear the skull and tree just appeared in the ink - I only outlined them. (You can click on the picture to enlarge it) If you look really closely in the ink at the top of the tree, it looks like it has bat wings. And if you look really , really closely at the bottom left hand corner, you can see a face in the ink. And if you look at the page really, really closely, and turn it backwards, it says "Paul is Dead." ;)