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« on: January 21, 2006 12:26:13 PM »

So, there's a road near my home, called Fish Ranch Road.  Every time I drive by it,
I'm totally delighted by the name.  I think of rough, tough cowboys out on the range,
using some great western verb on their fish.  Poking?  Rasslin'? Lassoeing?  I also
picture the fish as big as cows, stampeding across the dusty plains. 

So, I got it into my head to take the Wyoming licence plate image of a cowboy,
and put him on a bucking fish.

But all I can say is, thank god for the internet!  I somehow stumbled across a trout
fishing operation in Wyoming called "Fish Hookers."

This stamp is my homage to Fish Hookers.  Notice the hip-waders with garter
belt.  Oh man!  This fills me with the greatest demented joy.  I can hardly express
you much this makes me grin!
« Last Edit: January 24, 2006 09:03:52 AM by lisascenic » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2006 12:38:14 PM »

Yippee, Cowgirl!

« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2006 12:42:27 PM »

That is so awesome! You're really good at making stamps >_<;; I couldn't make one like that if my life depended on it!! Great job!

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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2006 12:58:44 PM »

I love this!!!  So original and creative.  And so detailed!  I cut stamps myself, but I don't think I have the skill yet to cut such detailed and fine images.  BRAVO!
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2006 01:05:59 PM »

How do you carve the stamps? I have wanted to try, but don't know where to start.


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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2006 12:33:24 AM »

Thanks, y'all!

I carve the stamps out of Speedball "Speedy Stamp," which is a soft pink colored carving material.  You can buy it at many art supply stores.  If you look at the following thread, you'll see a picture of this stuff, that shows the logo on the carving material


You can buy a carving kit from:

I've cut a *lot* of linoleum prints and work full time as a professional artist, so I'm lucky to get lots of practice doing things like this.  I was so pleased at the way the trout's spots turned out.  They were pretty tedious to carve, but well worth it in the end...

« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2006 12:08:12 PM »

I have this kit, but I recommened to anyone who wants to carve stamps approximating the detail of lisascenic's (or at least try to!), you're going to need a greater variety of blade cutters than the 2 they provide.  This looks like a good link:  http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1838-AA.shtml

Lisascenic's stamps are truly AMAZING.  All of them.  Such craftsmanship.  Terrific inspiration, she is.   Smiley
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2006 01:44:16 PM »

I forgot to give a link to the carving tools I use.


I pretty much do the bulk of my carving with these, and an olfa "click knife." I've got a few micro carving tools ( U - shaped) that I use to clean up the carvings.  Mostly, I just use the tiny V - shaped tool from the Staedtler kit.  I love these tools.  They seem to stay sharp forever, don't rust, and didn't cost very much.  I bought them at the local art supply store, and I think the kit cost less than twenty bucks.

Thanks for all the nice feedback.  I'm heading out today to hide this rubber stamp on Fish Ranch Road, so total strangers can find it and make a print from it.   For more information on that, check out:



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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2006 07:41:53 AM »

Hahaha thats brilliant!
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2006 08:06:22 AM »

That is so fantastic. And thanks for the links! I've always wanted to try this!
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