I am finding that hand carved stamps are kind of like poems. They are small wonders packed with texture, meaning, and little bit of irony. And, I am in love with them. I started by making little designs that could be used in repetition to make patterns.
Then, I moved on to making little realistic interpretations of objects and living creatures.
I'm not sure why I insist on carving teeny tiny stamps because it means I am beginning with the teeniest of details. Maybe it is because I feel more in control and less intimidated when there is less to carve? My next step is to make them a little bigger.
This all began when I was reading Maya's blog , and was instantly in awe of her beautiful handmade stamps. I was so in awe, that I was inspired to create my own. Now, I am awake late at night squinting and carving, and creating them. It is so pleasing and satisfying.