I love a daily creative challenge! If you are a long time follower of my blog, you know I have committed to doing the odd daily challenge for a month or so before, like Lay Out A Day or 31 Days of Blogging or my attempt at 100 Days of Sketches that only got through Day 14 or so. It probably won't be a surprise to you then, to find out that I have been participating in #CarveDecember, a daily stamp carving challenge in December hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer over at Balzer Designs.
I had wanted to try stamp carving since taking Julie's Art Journal Everyday class back in 2011, but living in China, obtaining supplies was not very easy so it never happened! I'm so happy to finally give it a try.
I drew my tree directly onto the eraser using a pencil.
Then started carving away, making sure to carve away anything I didn't want to show up on my impression.
My linoleum cutter has five blades to choose from so I changed them back and forth depending upon if I was digging away lots of rubber or I was carving details.
It is definitely addictive and not hard to do at all. The linoleum cutter cuts through the rubber like butter. So far, it is one of the most addictive and easiest creative challenges I have attempted thus far.
Here are my other stamps from Day 2 through Day 6:
On Day 2, I learned that carving slowly and not digging deeply with my linoleum cutter gives me more control over my design.
A little cloud and rain drop to celebrate the big rain storm we were having in California giving us a bit of relief from our major drought.
On Day 4 I made a rookie mistake and drew directly on my eraser but forgot to flip my image, which is important when carving letters. Luckily and "M" can sometimes work either way.
I got a little more daring on Day 5 and instead of carving on an eraser, I used my Speedy Carve rubber block. I made another rookie mistake and thought I was flipping my design, "Noel," but didn't and started carving before I realized what I had done.
Here is the camera on the other side of the lotus root.
One evening when I went out, two of my boys got in on the fun and carved their own. I returned to their adorable stamps. I'll share those in my next #CarveDecember post.
In the meantime, if you want to join along, it is not too late! Check out the details at Julie's blog.
Oh, and don't forget to check out Julie's awesome book:
I'm posting all of my stamps everyday on Instagram. I'd love to have you follow along with me. It is truly addictive!
Now what to carve for #CarveDecember Day 7... hmmm... I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments.
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