I spent the weekend helping to organize my son & his friend with their new business “Two B’z”. They carved rubber stamps & I cut the paper to size. We went to the art supply store, picked out paint colors & then they went to town. Every surface of our living area was covered with beautiful post cards drying. They are working in anticipation of the Firefly Gypsy Market in September where they will be selling their cards & braided bracelets. Between all the color combinations, each card had a very distinctive feel & together they looked like a pile of candy- So beautiful! Great work boys on your first business venture. I just know it will be a success!
When I saw this circular stamp kit at a local art supply store my first thought was- It was made for me! I like to use different techniques for adding my logo whether it is on a paper bag or on a label. It was so easy! I traced the typeface in pencil on paper than rubbed it onto the rubber carving surface. Within about 3 minutes I had a brand new stamp. It is not perfect by any means, but it does stick with the general idea & is recognizable. Paper bags are waiting…..
I have an old wooden duck puzzle that sits on a windowsill in our home. I’ve had this since I was very small. The more I look at it, the more I see the beauty of the shapes & the graphic element of all the pieces fitting together. I decided to play a bit & make some fabric patterns & an embroidery idea. I think these would look great in a baby’s room. I may go ahead & make myself a linen pillow like the embroidery example.
These pictures I had of my grandparents have come in so handy for projects. I just love the attitude of them. This canvas bucket was basically made to the size to fit the pictures. I just ran them through the copier onto iron on paper & transferred the images on before I sewed the bucket together. You can see the actual pictures here from a former blog post.
I picked up a regular old cork board at the local target & slapped on a coat of red paint. Afterward I had a rubber stamp in the shape of an irregular circle that I stamped across it. Since the print was so light I used it as a guide & painted in the circles with light blue paint. Then I went back in & painted a 1/2 circle in darker blue. Done. I like to use those little paint testers that you can buy at a hardware store. There are tons of colors to pick from & they are very reasonably priced. It’s so easy to make something so basic a little more special especially since it’s hanging in my kitchen.
I had my eye on this lamp for a very long time…. When we moved to Colorado it was the perfect excuse to finally get it as it was a perfect fit for our dining room. I begged. It worked. If someday life moves us again, this lamp will be coming with me. I played with the shape & made 2 mock-up prints with 2 different feelings. What do you think?
**The ph50 lamp was designed by Paul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen lighting in 1958, Copenhagen, Denmark)
A couple of years ago when I started getting into carving the rubber block prints I figured out how to get pictures transferred onto them to create these more realistic prints. If you have Photoshop this can be very easy. Getting the right picture can be tricky because you really need to find one that translates well into black & white. This basically just takes trial & error playing in photoshop with different photos in stamp mode. Once you find the photo that works well, it’s just a matter of transferring the picture to the rubber block & VERY CAREFULLY cutting away so the original feeling still remains. As you can see, the copy from my printer & from the rubber block are very similar but not exactly the same. That’s the fun of it. You never really know if you succeeded or not until you apply the ink with the brayer & have a go at it. I haven’t done this for a while & felt a bit rusty. It also didn’t help that my ink was very light on the block. In the past I’ve had a much better image transfer. Well, all in all I’m happy with the results & the real test was when I showed my son. He approved!
Over the holidays we were driving on the dreaded I-70 heading west out to the mountains. There was a blizzard that morning & the traffic heading west was non existent which is hard to believe since that road can be a virtual parking lot this time of year. This vintage Volkswagen Bug pulled out in front of us & was the only car in sight. It was such a fantastic scene that I had to start taking pictures. With such a great shot, it was meant to be a card. You can download a free printable card right here- Send it it someone you haven’t seen in a long time.
Lined up above the bar is a display of rubber block prints that were made by my children & me. When we moved to Colorado I had them stacked in a pile on the floor for quite a while until I found just the right place to put them. They are the type of print that look so good as a group. All the frames are black but of different sizes & styles which make the simple prints pop out that much more. This is such a great project to work on with children as it seems they can do no wrong. All their carvings come out looking cool.
Every year I make a special card for my kids birthdays & this year was no exception. I basically cut & paste my way to something that I think they’ll find funny.
This year, my son turned 12 & this is what a party looks like….. 3D movie, all the hot wings you can eat, silly string fight & a double decker chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting.
Below are a couple additional cards I dug up to share with you…..