First attempts at stamp carving

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at stamp carving for a long time. My friend and fellow artist, Lisa Chin, has been carving some lovely stamps. Check out her video on this topic.

I’ve had the supplies for several years. So the other evening I sat down and started carving. These aren’t great, but I wanted to document my process.

I started with a couple erasers. Oops, I didn’t realize how dirty my cutter is!!

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And then some material I bought years ago. I was going for a mandala, but I didn’t quite accomplish that.


It looks neat carved, but doesn’t print well.


It was fun, but I see that I need a lot more practice!!

I’ve also been ice dyeing a lot for my online class. Here are three of my favorite color combos (so far!) from my dyeing session this week. The more I work on the class, the more I’m adding to it. I’m hoping I’ll get to a stopping point soon!!


I’ll be teaching a couple more of my Easy and Fun Silk Scarf Dyeing classes June 10 and 11 at Scattered Art in Newburgh, Indiana and I’ll have silk tissue holders available in case participants would like to dye them too. I am really happy with how they turned out. I love how they add a little color to a purse or desk.

dyedkleenextissuesI’ve also done a little bit of free motion.


I’ve continued to harvest asparagus, but it’s been slow due to the cold weather. Looking forward to some warm here. Here is the last bunch on the grill.


In cat news this week, while I’m working on the computer I heard some slurping. I quit typing and listened again. It sounded like a cat drinking water. I glanced over and there was Ace drinking out of my water glass.  I will often leave my water here in the studio while I am in another part of the house. Now I’m wondering how long this has been going on. I finally caught him the other day in the act! Looks like I’m going to have to get a cover for my drink!


Well, that’s all for this post. Hope you have a wonderful and creative weekend. See you next week!