Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Carving Personal Seals and Stamps

Another irresistible class from the maven of mail art, Jennie Hinchcliff. There was a nice class description that I was going to <insert here> from the SFCB website, but it’s not up any longer since the class is over. So we’ll just have to go with the short version: soft block carving.

The materials – various soft blocks of different sizes, including (!) erasers. How fun is that?

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it's better with butter

it’s better with butter

REVELATION of the evening – pen/ink nib holder can also hold carving points. One of those SO obvious after I’d seen it but not sure I ever would have figured it out. Easy to work with and portable, yay!

DSCN9024Jennie recommended starting with something simple – larger, straight lines – to get used to the carving process. Arrows are good. Can always use an arrow. Funny I like the hand carved look when I see it in others’ work, but part of me had a really hard time with it on my own. It really wanted to carve all the background off.

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It’s always so fun to see the variety of things people come up with!

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