Doodling and Carving

My friend C, who can be found over at Cheshire Cheese has been setting herself all kinds of creative challenges and coming up with some wonderful images and following that up with ideas for stitch. This month she is following an exercise from a mutually owned book: Finding Your Own Visual Language by Claire Benn, Jane Dunnewold and Leslie Morgan (Claire and Leslie are collectively know as Committed to Cloth).  The exercise is to create and carve a stamp a day for 30 days. Well, as it is February then it will be 28.

I started this exercise by going back and having a look at some fabric which I purchased in Paris before Christmas:

African fabrics

Then I got out my sketchbook and did some doodling:

Then I got out one of my erasers, my carving handle and blades and came up with this:

Stamp 1

Then I tried a few variations in my sketchbook:

Stamp 1 variations 1
Stamp 1 variations 2
Stamp 1 variations 3


I encourage you to go and look at what C has written today. I particularly like her ribbon like arrangement.


One Comment

  1. Celia says:

    I like the half stamp idea – very creative.

    And I know what you mean about the class – good fun but it doesn't prod me into action.

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