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A little #handcarvedstamp truely goes a long way. I’m finding out that stamp patterning is more about the printing & finishing than about the carving. Great for colour experimentation too. And super fun to do! Anybody got a favourite?
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Pacific vibes in my art journal today and three forms of the same pattern -one stencilled (recognise it from the other day’s post?), one painted and one stamped. I love all three. It’s so much fun to take a simple design and see where you can go with it! #patternjanuary #notfollowingtheprompts #artjournal #artjournaleveryday #paintedpaper #stencil #stampcarving #stampsthatpattern

Starting the day in my #artjournal. 🙌 As you can see from the photo, I have a really messy desk. But I find that I use what is at my fingertips. So I keep my desk pretty messy until I decide I want to use different supplies. How about you? #messydesk #artjournaleveryday #stampsthatpattern

Can you believe that it’s already the last day of December?! For #carvedecember stamp 31, I went big and bold. In so many ways, the design of this stamp is built on all those that came before it. I took the lessons I learned about dark/light, asymmetry, carving nuances, and more to create this intense design. One of the reasons that daily projects are so popular is that they really do lead to growth. Whether it’s athletic or artistic or intellectual, daily practice matters. What will you be embracing as a daily habit in 2018? I’d love to know! #stampcarving #stampsthatpattern #balzervideo

Today’s stamp is a variation on the hexagon & circle stamp from a few days ago. Remember, a basic design can be used over and over again with small variations making it feel very different. ✔️ #carvedecember #stampcarving #stampsthatpattern #balzervideo #whatjuliemade

As #carvedecember is coming to a close, I chose to go graphic today. Printed in color with archival ink from @ranger_ink. #stampsthatpattern

My latest #carvedecember #stampsthatpattern. This is fun, I’m hooked. Thanks @balzerdesigns for a new craft. 😊

A lot of you have asked about the stencil I’ve been using to draw basic shapes on my block. It’s one of my #balzerdesigns stencils manufactured by @tcwstencils and will be available soon! I didn’t design it specifically for #stampcarving but it really has been a perfect fit. Today’s stamp may look complicated, but it’s actually just a diamond (traced from that stencil) with a series of circles (also traced from that stencil) with a bunch of extra marks added. When you’re designing #stampsthatpattern I encourage you to start with basic shapes and then add flair as you go. 👍 #youcandoit #carvedecember #whatjuliemade 🔜🔜 P.S. Through December 31, 2017 you get 👉 31% off 👈 any of my online stamp carving classes using the code 31STAMPS!! 💰🎉

Let’s talk about prints! 🙌 I printed a tag and I looked at the print. At first, I was okay with the print. However, the more I stared at it, the more dissatisfied I became with the print. So, I went back in. More than once. I think creating some open spaces in the design was really helpful to making it pop. Your thoughts on the matter? #carvedecember #whatjuliemade #stampsthatpattern #artvideo 28/31

Carved pool side, as promised! 🙌 Today’s tip is all about taking your carving with you. ✈️ Blades always go in checked luggage. My kit is: #SpeedyCarve, carving tools, box cutter, small self-healing mat, black ink pad, white paper, ballpoint pen, pencil, #permapaque markers, and tags. It’s very portable. As long as you’ve got a table, you’ve got a place to carve! Anyone else carving on the road this year? #carvedecember #stampcarving #stampsthatpattern #balzervideo 26/31

Ho Ho Ho! Wishing you very merry! 🎄 Here is a quick little rotating repeat appropriate for the day. Swipe left for the details. A simple pattern like this — in a small size — doesn’t take long to carve. The repeating pattern makes it appear grander than it really is! Even the simplest pattern looks fantastic when duplicated over and over (hello, polka dots!) On a personal note, I am on my way to Mexico this morning! 🇲🇽 I’ve packed my carving supplies (checked luggage btw) and the rest of my #carvedecember stamps will be done (hopefully) poolside! 🏊‍♂️ #stampcarving #stampsthatpattern #whatjuliemade #merrychristmas #hohoho #carvestampplay 25/31

1 simple stamp. 24 printing variations. 🙌 Swipe left to see lots of photos of the variations. 🆒 Like I said yesterday, an enormous part of the art is in printing. When I was thinking about this idea, I was wondering how many variations I should try to do? 6?10? Well, today is the 24th day of #carvedecember so I figured 24 variations! Honestly, with enough time and colors and tags I’m sure I could have gotten to 100! 💯 The most fun part of this exercise was discovering some cool printing patterns I never would have thought of for this stamp without being forced to get inventive. 💪 It took me about 5 minutes to carve the stamp and 30 minutes to do the printing. #printmaker #stampcarving #tagart #stampsthatpattern 24/31

I’ve been working on Christmas cards tonight. I had some leftover ink from that process, so I printed some of my rotating repeat stamps from #carvedecember in color. 🙌
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#stampsthatpattern #whatjuliemade #stampcarving #printmaker #colorprint #multicolored #christmascolors

The thing about #stampcarving is that it’s so much more than the carving. Printing is an enormous part of the art. After all, people who do this kind of work professionally are called #printmakers, not carvers. In the case of today’s stamp, you can see two printing possibilities side-by-side: squared up and at a 45-degree angle. Which do you prefer? How about a different color? How about multiple colors? How about a colored background? How about masked into a circle? The possibilities just go on and on. I could write a book about the possibilities! Oh wait, I did! 😜 #carvestampplay Carving is not the end of the art making experience, rather, it’s just the beginning! 🔛 #carvedecember #whatjuliemade #printmaker #stampsthatpattern 23/31

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I’m still obsessed with that tile floor! Trying another version of the square in the middle! One of the things I love about #stampcarving is the brain puzzle: What will happen if I carve this away? How will this one little change effect the whole design? It’s fun and exciting, even when the choice I make turns out to be one I wish I could take back. Because that “mistake” creates an opportunity to (a) make a new decision I wouldn’t have previously considered or (b) practice not being a control freak and accepting the art as it is (one of the best skills you can develop as an artist IMHO). Happy carving!! #carvedecember #stampsthatpattern #balzervideo #printmaker

I’m still obsessed with that tile floor! Trying another version of the square in the middle! One of the things I love about #stampcarving is the brain puzzle: What will happen if I carve this away? How will this one little change effect the whole design? It’s fun and exciting, even when the choice I make turns out to be one I wish I could take back. Because that “mistake” creates an opportunity to (a) make a new decision I wouldn’t have previously considered or (b) practice not being a control freak and accepting the art as it is (one of the best skills you can develop as an artist IMHO). Happy carving!! #carvedecember #stampsthatpattern #balzervideo #printmaker 22/31

Four things you need to know: (1) This stamp was inspired by the tile floor of the ladies room in the restaurant I ate dinner at last night — Swipe left to see the floor (4th photo). (2) Speedy Carve (the material I carve) *does* get old. Was struggling with this design, so I changed my blade. That didn’t make things much better. I was still struggling. I opened a new package of Speedy Carve and boom! It carved like butter!! 💪 So my P.S.A. is: don’t be a hoarder. Use it or lose it. Also, if you’re having trouble carving straight lines and fine details, your block might be old! (3) Insomnia turns out to be amazing for productivity! (4) As soon as I printed this stamp in blue, it made me think of pottery. I’m ready for some plates with this pattern! 🍽 Anyone else?! 🙋‍♀️ #carvedecember #stampsthatpattern #stampcarving #balzervideo 21/31

I sat down today and all I could think about was fish. 🐠🐡🐟 I’m not sure if the finished tag reads as fish 🤔 but I don’t think it really matters. 🙌 Swipe left for the process video and a detail photo. If you want to learn more about how I create these repeating patterns check out my book #CarveStampPlay or my online class on designing #stampsthatpattern 😘 #carvedecember #stampcarving #whatjuliemade #fishpattern

Sometimes I like to intentionally leave some of the extra rubber behind when I carve. I like the “wood block-esque” feeling of those little lines. Swipe left for a photo of the tag and stamp and the process video of carving and printing! 🙌 #carvedecember #CarveStampPlay #whatjuliemade #stampcarving #stampsthatpattern

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