Over the weekend I carved some stamps, to use as examples for class, and it was fun--I love how the flock of little birds came out! I cut up a larger block of e-z cut into small pieces and carved some images from the book Graphic Ornaments by Pepin Press (a fantastic resource with a wide range of images). The deer stamp is mounted with wood glue onto a piece of scrap wood from the woodshop. I'll definitely be making more of these : ).
Hello there! I've certainly been neglecting this blog (my excuses: being away for most of the summer and teaching full-time), but now that things are settling down it's time to do some catching up...starting with some of my favorite pictures from the summer...a few featuring Benny and his first trip to the lake!
I recently made this little journal for a customer to give as a college graduation gift to a friend. The friend was graduating from college in Ohio then moving to Pennsylvania, so I used a map of Ohio on the front cover and Pennsylvania on the back. The pages are a mix of different kinds of paper and there is fold out flap in the back to hold stray bits. I rounded the corners of the covers and inside pages with a corner rounder punch I just got and am pretty happy with the results, it's amazing the difference it makes in giving it that extra finished touch. The dictionary page in the front came from an old 1930's Merriam Webster library discard, and, lastly, check out what I found tucked into the back...
If you're interested in having me make a custom journal for you, let me know! I can personalize it with maps of anywhere in the world. It's a perfect gift for graduations and also would make a great Father's Day present!
It has been quite a spring so far! I wanted to share some good news that for a little while was keeping me a bit preoccupied and away from the blog...and that is that starting in August I will be a full-time art teacher here in Vermont! I'm so excited and my mind is swimming with all sorts of ideas for lessons. I'll have the summer to plan and make art and in the fall you can expect a lot more project posts. Thanks for reading, and checking back in, even after my sometimes lengthy breaks!