Last week I decided to finally open up this stamp-making kit I'd had from my birthday. I'd been too intimidated to open up because what if I messed the stamp up?
Turns out I didn't mess the stamp up but discovered a whole new hobby instead! You guys, stamp-making is seriously fun. And addicting.
First I sketched a drawing on a piece of tracing paper, then rubbed the design onto the stamp piece with the back of my finger nail. Last, I used the etching tool to carve away the stamp. Easy-peasy!
This is an honest look at my first markings, which didn't look all that great but good enough to want to keep trying!
I kept carving more, here and there, and came up with the image on the right! I was very pleased with this one. :) Brett said it looked like an owl, so maybe it wasn't as great as I thought! It's supposed to be a vase of flowers.
I also carved this little lady. I think carving a much simpler design would probably be a good idea because some of her head details got lost in the carve. You know me though, I'm almost never a fan of perfect things, so I think she looks imperfectly beautiful.
I can't wait to carve more stamps! See, even as I'm typing this blog post I feel myself waking up out of my slumber and excited to create again. I read a quote by Ann Voskamp that said "Daily disciplines are doors to full freedom." Perhaps this means creatively too?
Last weekend I had the honor of photographing a family on our farm...I'm excited to show you those pictures soon! I'll also start taking sign-ups for spring photos for those of you who like to plan ahead!
Lately, with the much longer fall evenings, I've also really been into painting while I watch tv or hang out with Brett. The page on the left is a favorite of mine for some reason. :)
What have you been up to creatively this week? I'd love to hear!