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Stamp Carving Workshop

This month the two fibre arts groups combined and took a stamp carving workshop instead of our usual potluck and show and tell gathering format.

Here is a scan of two stamps I cut from craft foam.  They need to be mounted before I can try them out and so I will need to go look in the offcut bin at the lumber yard down the street.

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Here is a sheet of test prints of various stamps I cut, mostly into the soft rubber that Laurie, our instructor, provided:

As you can see, I made a tiny coffee mug with the handle on the right (proper) side.

The shapeless object at the bottom right hand side is an upside-down balloon.

The snail and the tiny star are cut from styrofoam and you can either use meat trays or styrofoam plates.  These need to be mounted.

  1. stamp workshop0002Two things I didn’t know before: Tsukineko who make Fabrico markers and fabric stamp pads also make Versacolor stamp pads which can also be used on fabric or paper and around here are more readily available in many delish colours.
  2. You can use tracing paper and pencil to trace a design and then transfer it to the soft rubber and carve along the pencil lines.  This eliminates having to think about the design being reversed.   My fish is done this way from an ancient Egyptian design.
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Decluttering

Just added a link to Rhonda Ganz’s new blog Get Rid of One Thing a Day, which is pretty self-explanatory. Rhonda has set herself the goal of doing this for a year, blogging about it and showing a picture of everything.

She lives in Victoria so for local people there is extra interest in following because she will accept donations to a girls’ school in Africa for stuff she doesn’t have a home for.

Last year I just know my average must have been one thing a day at least, but it was all crammed into a three-week fling and pack frenzy in Mesa. No way could I have taken a photo of every item, let alone blogged about it!

What, if anything, have I learned from all of this?

1) Replacement costs here are higher than I expected, even figuring in the exchange rate

2) Rubber stamps are even more expensive than that

3) Despite all the purging I have still given stuff to the Sally Ann here

4) I discovered a man’s raincoat which I brought thinking it was a woman’s coat that I would need

5) Someone used a really ugly orange crochet cushion as packing material

6) I nearly lost a pack of old, old family photos and did not even miss them until someone mailed them to me

7) I truly believe in baraka and paying it forward — we have been blessed with more stuff including a baby activity car, a silk blouse in my colours, a Marilyn Brooks “Insane Clown Posse” tunic, really cute fuzzy non-slips socks, and just today some extra teaspoons that are similar to what we have

8) Am learning to minimize knickknacks and have NO, zip, zilch, nada fridge magnets. It would be nice to pretend that the fridge is pristine and elegant a la June Cheever but that would be fibbing. But it’s all done with masking tape now, no magnetic fields, no choking hazards, no scratches in the enamel!

Tomorrow is dedicated to creating (and perhaps even completing, who knows!) My camera is going out of town but will post pix early in the week I hope.