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Topic: Ex Libris: Hand-carved Book Plate Stamp  (Read 5346 times)
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« on: June 06, 2015 07:22:31 PM »



My Beastie Grrrlz' papa, The ManFlesh, is a BIG reader.  BIG. Like, can read for 14 hours a day if he doesn't have any other obligations or tasks-at-hand. Between us we probably have a couple thousand books, but about 80% are his.  ALSO he loves the look of wood and lino cuts, so when I saw this post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176460.0), I decided to give stamp carving a try for the VERY FIRST TIME.



I used a drawing of a weasel riding a bear that my friend, Bascom Hogue, made for me for embroidering a western shirt for The ManFlesh for Christmas. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437308.0) I added a local, striking rock feature in the background, and a stylized log for the text below. When I went in search of something suitable to mount it to, I happened upon the uber discounted bin of wood-mounted stamps at the craft store and picked up a stamp with the right sized block for about $2! I just removed the label and the stamp, cleaned off the remaining adhesive, and attached my carving and an impression of it. The carving is approximately 3" wide and 4" high.

Now I just have to wait in agony for TWO WHOLE WEEKS for Father's Day!  
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2015 07:32:23 PM »

impressive!  is there anything you don't do well?
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2015 07:47:22 PM »

impressive!  is there anything you don't do well?

Awww, thanks!  And yes. LOTS. Like cooking, remembering names and phone numbers, knowing how to get to a place, yarn crafts, hair/make up, and on and on.   Kiss
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2015 03:47:07 AM »

Brilliant, as always. Putting the rock in the background as a contrast for the white weasel was a very clever bit of design. And a hand-carved bookplate stamp is a great idea!

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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2015 06:50:22 AM »

Brilliant, as always. Putting the rock in the background as a contrast for the white weasel was a very clever bit of design. And a hand-carved bookplate stamp is a great idea!

Wulf

Thanks, Wulf! I admit that I didn't know which things would be white and which black until I started carving. I did know that I wasn't going to start my first ever stamp carving project by carving out the bear! And I had thought I was going to do the reverse on the text and logs, but lost my place and started carving the letters out.
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2015 05:34:14 PM »

I love that pattern - love it!  Masculine, rustic, yet adorable!
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2015 01:29:03 AM »

That is beautiful.  I love the design of the weasel on the bear and it looks just great as a woodcut.
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2015 05:19:11 AM »

Thank you! So lucky to have had Bascom draw it for me.
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2015 07:43:32 AM »

I can't believe this is your first carving! Great design, great execution. And how clever of you to use the backing from an existing stamp!
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2015 08:21:41 AM »

Dude! This is so rad.
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