Sunday, February 10, 2013

First Linocut Stamp

Long on my wish list was the desire to try my hand at carving my own linocut stamps. Not only do I love the look of a linocut print, but having original stamped images to use in work for art licensing was a pragmatic decision.

The linocut blocks I wanted to buy online had a crazy ridiculous shipping price...oh, about five times the cost of the blocks...so I settled on a type from Dick Blick. The block wasn't real easy to carve, not terribly hard but a little more difficult than anticipated, so I'll probably keep trying different types. (Any suggestions?)

For my first attempt since high school art class, I am fairly satisfied with the end result...for a first try. But, as I've heard tell, practice makes perfect so I'll keep on trying.

The journal page I created with the stamp tells the story both literally and figuratively..."testing my wings."

© Nancy Lefko

5 comments:

whyte said...

How fun!!! I'd say your wings served you very well, Nancy!! :)

SueAnn Lommler said...

Great idea...love the stamp
Hugs
SueAnn

Lisa M Griffin said...

Wonderful! I haven't experimented with those since HS. Always lovely to try out new mediums and techniques.
Have a great week. :)

Elizabeth Parsons said...

Great book on carving stamps: Art stamping workshop, by Gloria Page (who sadly passed away last week.) She really walks you through all aspects of carving. Northlight books.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have a suggestion and they have it at Blick...it's called MooCarve and it's a carving block that is like carving butter. So smooth and easy. Give it a try!