Red Rubber Hand-Carved Stamps

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Ohmy! Now this is fun! I’ve had the slab-o-rubber and the tool for months. Why did I wait so long to play with them??? I think I waited in part because I thought it was going to be difficult to carve. I was so wrong. The rubber cuts like butter!

I just want a few rustic/rough cut stamps in shapes I use over and over. I’m already compiling a mental list of what shapes I want to create.

The Speedball tool I purchased comes with a variety of cutting nibs and has a super handy storage compartment built into the handle.

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Space to Play

ira glass creative process

Sometimes it’s fun to play for no other reason than to experiment and have fun. Actually if I ever hope to create something meaningful, it’s a necessity. How else do you fill those 10,000 hours (if you need to) on your way to learn a craft?

I constantly have to remind myself of this oh-so-good talk on the creative process by Ira Glass.

I have an image in my head of what I want to create. So when it doesn’t work out like I imagined I sometimes want to just say forget it, toss it all in the trash and find another hobby. But I don’t. Because I want to get better. I want to keep practicing and keep learning so that someday the picture in my head does show up on my canvas.

keep making art

This weekend’s attempt at art, however, will be chalked up to play and practice and experimentation.