Carving Botanical Stamps

Carving away
Carving Away with the Fairies

Goodmorning Earthlings!

This March morning, the sun is shining and the birds are singing in the trees!  I went out to feed the chickens in my pajamas and a touque, trusting that the bright sun would warm me despite the dusting of snow on the ground.  It was glorious and I can’t wait to get out there today! But first, I wanted to share with you something I worked on this week, carving stamps.

Anyone can carve their own stamps, it’s fun and really rewarding!  If you wanted, you could even make a template with a leaf or a dried flower, there are so many options!  The only material you need is a linoleum cutter  and whatever block you choose to carve (I am using the rubber from Speedball – available at most craft stores and extremely easy to work with). I started this week, knowing that I wanted to make a very simple dandelion stamp for my tinctures (in my previous post!).  That small stamp, launched me into a morning obsession.  I decided to make a series of three of my favourite flowers that bloomed here on this land last year: marigold, tulips and poppies.

I am forever and ever inspired by the medieval woodcuts of plants.  I can’t explain why, I simply love the blocky, linear designs (Perhaps, I’ll do a whole post on woodcuts someday – or a series of them).  I hope my work will help shed some light on why I love this style so much and perhaps inspire you to look into the botanists and printmakers of the past ;).

I also made a small set of cards, available on my Art Etsy Shop: Wood Folk Prints

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the pictures of my process and work.

Merry March Saturday!

Julia

Inspiration
Collecting information about dandelion – I am inspired ❤ The small book with the beautiful red block print is Old Wives’ Lore for Gardeners by Maureen and Bridget Boland, featuring block prints from Gerard’s 1597 Herball. One of my favourite collections of plant illustrations (completely available on archive.org)

 

Mushrooms!
Shortcut to what? MUSHROOMS!
Small Stamp
A small Flower head based on these dried flowers
Starting!
Looking back at some of my old drawings as well for inspiration – this poppy illustration was based on a 16th century German drawing (I found it in a library book and can’t remember any other details!)
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completed! Pressed with black ink
Marigold
Starting a marigold cuts – using a drawing from last year
Marigold
Taking shape
Studio Companion <3 Oh Pangur!
Studio Companion ❤ Oh Pangur!
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A print!
plant inspiration
Inspiration for my last carving of the week ❤ I was torn between a tulip or a peony – peonies next!
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Van Gogh Inspired Tulips ❤
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Making Cards!
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Using Red Ink – little remnants of the black in there
Poppy
The Poppy is now a resident of my inspiration wall!
Stamps
The stamps 🙂
Botanical Cards!
Botanical hand pressed cards!