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Topic: Absinthe -- hand carved rubber stamps, now with book!  (Read 3206 times)
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« on: December 11, 2005 10:33:38 PM »

This was inspired by a 19th Century advertsing poster for Absinthe.  As you'll see in the following pictures, this is quite a small image.  So you'll have to excuse some of the crudeness of the facial details.

This is my printer's proof.  I'm still fooling around a little bit with getting the colors to line up better with the black.  But I'm pretty happy with how this is working out.

If folks are interested, I can share a few more pictures, so you can get a better idea of my technique.

Here is a print of the green and orange block, the block itself, and a proof of the black block, which I printed on tracing paper, and used to help align the blocks.

A detail of the black block.

Inking the plate.  I apply the ink to the rubberstamp, as opposed to to dabbing the stamp on the ink pad.  I feel I get more control this way.
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2005 07:59:40 AM »

I love it! Very nice work. Where did you get the block that you used to carve the image into?

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005 08:03:31 AM »

The block is a soft rubbery substance called Speedy Stamp.  Most of the art supply stores and crafty-poo big-box stores (Michael's) sell this stuff.  I bought the larger size, which is 4"x 6", and carved it with linoleum carving tools. 

You can buy it bundled as a kit, with the carving tools:

« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 08:11:32 AM »

Woah - thats amazing.

I love the art deco period.

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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2005 08:11:18 AM »

Thanks Ditsy!  I had such a great time researching the images surrounding Absinthe.

As this is for a sort of mail-art ring, (we send around hand made rubber stamps and logbooks) I'll be posting some more photos of how to get a decent print out of these blocks.

I actually like a slightly "off" print.  Reminds me that this is actually hand made, and not just a perfect computer generated image, not that there's anything wrong with that.  I'm just really fond of this low tech printmaking!


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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2005 11:28:38 AM »

Seriously amazing! Incredible control. Especially the text... very cool.
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2005 09:28:33 AM »

My sweetie and I bound this book to collect our Absinthe/fairy images!

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