Carve December Numbers 1-3
Remember how I decided to be really crazy this month and blog everyday AND carve a new stamp everyday. Three days Down! Woohoo! Yay Crazy Me!
Here are my first three stamps for #CarveDecember:
Julie Fei Fan Balzer shows how to create quarter turn stamps in her book Carve, Stamp, Play. I thought about many different shapes and finally decided to use one of my go to images: flowers. I really like this way of creating an image!
Day two was inspired by Lyric Kinard's Celtic Knot video on youtube.
I drew a number of Celtic Knots and decided I wanted one in a stamp, but I needed to simplify it and create it to make a linking repeat. The image still had some stray bits so I cleaned the stamp up and . . .
. . .ended up with this final image. I was really disappointed that I didn't get the lines to line up perfectly and I said so when I posted the images on Instagram and Facebook. One of my friends asked why I wanted them to line up. This really caused me to step back and think a moment, and I realized it was because I was wanting perfection - mechanical perfection. I felt as if I weren't "good enough" without that mechanical perfection. This was a bit of an eye opener! I am not a machine, I am a human and lines that don't match are OKAY!
The more I look at the stamped images the more I like them.
I'm doing my best to embrace my imperfection.
Day three is a little bit of a variation of Day 2.
As I was carving I realized that I should be carving holiday images to put on my Christmas envelopes so we will see what I manage to create on day 4!