While attending a quilt show East of Salem, our group stopped at the art store next to Greenbaum's Quilted Forrest. Tricia and I got a few carving blocks to make stamps out of. The material is called "Moo Blocks" a gray carving material, about 3/8" thick. Dick Blic Art Supply has it online. It is so thick and sturdy, I am able to carve on both sides, as it seems expensive to me. I was inspired by Deborah Wolff at Red Orange Wolff her blog has lots of wonderful stamps she has carved, and how she has used them to make cards and stuff.
The carved backside of the same blocks. I use a simple set of carving tools, the fine liner "V" to outline my design, then the larger deeper "V" to make it more distinct, then the flat sided gouge to cleanup the bottom areas of the background. I used ink stamp pads for the samples, but when printing on fabric I will use a foam brush with acrylic paints. I will also use them to impress into the paint on Gelli plate mono prints.
Also while in Salem, I picked up a small Borden & Riley artists sketchbook. It is ATC sized, 2.5" x 3.5" and it was perfect to print all my carved rubber block stamps into. I think I will paint and mixed media the cover.
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