Category Archives: carved stamps

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All of these pages are done in my Dyan Reavely art journal( which is awesome!).

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Poisoned Apple Art Journal Page

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I don’t know why I named this ‘Poisoned Apple”- it’s just the first thing to come to my mind. I just couldn’t bring myself to muck it up with words or any other embellishment-so it stands as is.

For the background I used some of my inked up paper from previous works and cut it up and used gel medium to adhere it to my pages. I just love those big rolls of craft paper- they are perfect to work on and when you’re done, you cut out the cool stuff and throw the rest away!

After I adhered the background- I cut out pieces from a shopping bag from Donna Downey’s with old timey news print on it and stuck in a couple of places and spread some gesso around it. I also used some on both sides of the inclusion.

The ink splatters are probably one of my favorite parts to this page-I used Liquitex Acrylic Ink there.

The apple shapes are a foam stamp that I spread some paint on- and then I finished by using the stamps my son carved for me.

So, enjoy!

Carved Stamps

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In my WOYWW post, I mentioned some carved stamps my son made for me-and some of you were interested to get a closer look at them.

I wish I could give you a step by step tutorial, but really Julie-Fei-Fan Balzer has already done that so much better than I could, but I will put some photos of them here so you can see them up close. The train stamp is one my son made for himself (he is an avid train watcher, and to my horror, has actually jumped onto moving trains and ridden them to the next town over!) Here is a link to that blog post if you’re interested.

I told him I just wanted a couple of chevron stamps-one in positive and one in negative-here are the finished stamps.

 What will I do without him when he goes back to school next week?

Stamp Carving and Train Watching

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My son, who majors in art at VCU is an avid train lover and watcher. He carved this stamp from a drawing he did- I think it is so cool and he promises he will let me borrow it sometimes.

His original drawing

His original drawing

stamped image over some random doodles

stamped image over random doodles

 Now, I just need to get him to carve some stamps especially for me!

This is the surface of the carved stamp.

Surface of carved stamp