Saturday, 1 September 2007

Stamping

The book that I received for my birthday, "Finding Your Own Visual Language" suggests cutting stamps from plastic erasers, as an exercise in finding shapes that appeal to you. I've cut my first two, with a craft knife, and with a fair bit of difficulty. On my first one, the edges seemed very ragged. So I was sure that it was going to be a reject. I inked it up and stamped it, and was very surprised! The ragged edges actually seemed to suit the shapes. I need to do more stamping with it, and look at a lot more variations and combinations than I have here, but this is my first page -



The next one I did doesn't appeal to me as much, but I think the design has possibilities -



I took these to show a work colleague, who has now lent me a set of lino cutting tools. I tried them on the eraser in my desk at work and it was so much easier than the craft knife, which has to be "jiggled" so that each line is undercut in order to remove the pieces of eraser. So I'm off to try some more designs!

4 comments:

mereth said...

I really like the leaf shape, ragged edges and all. Adds a bit of interest I think. But the other stamp looks like a pattern on some material that I loved until Suzy called it 'sperm' fabric. Well, I still like it, but now I call it 'sperm' fabric too.
I've done a bit of lino cutting, it's good fun and can be addictive.

Rhonda said...

Oh, Mereth, how could you! LOL

Now that's all I can see, too...

I've done a few more, just have to get the photos taken. Mereth - you're henceforth banned from telling me what they look like.(grin)

Lisa Walton said...

I think sitting at your desk sculpting erasers is a much better way to spend your day

Nola said...

I like them both, and no, it didn't cry out "sperm" to me. Naughty Meredith! I can see them stamped in red, a bit like poppies, or in yellow, like dry grass seed heads.

I love stamping with erasers but I so hate cutting them! A lino cutting tool is just an excuse for me to gouge bits out of my surroundings and myself, so I mostly do the world a favour and avoid them. But I love the effects you can get from quite simple shapes.