Folk Art Birds and a Hand-carved Stamp
Friday, June 19, 2015
So I did a little folk art inspired illustration the other day of some wood pigeons and when I was finished I thought one of the wood pigeons would make a nice stamp! So I grabbed a rubber block, did a quick tracing of the wood pigeon and transferred it to the block by rubbing it face down with a bone folder.
I carved around the outline using my lino cutting tools and carved some of the inner details (I was carving out all of the pencil marks out and leaving the blank parts untouched). I did it pretty quickly because I wasn't too worried about having it looking perfect.
I cut off the excess rubber around the outside of the stamp with a strong, sharp knife. I then carved out some of the smaller details around the neck and eye.
Then I tested out my new stamp by inking it up with some Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink, I love these inks, they always give me great results! Then I carved any little bits I didn't want away from around the edges, some people leave these bits but I usually get rid of them!
Then I went on to stamp an army of birds! I think they would make nice hand-made wrapping paper with a matching notecard.
Here's a closer look at the illustration that inspired the stamp. I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy Father's Day! : )