Thursday, February 12, 2009

curbing an antsy appetite


i have been feeling creatively restless lately.   i have a long history with this restlessness...mainly because my problem is that i want to do it all (well, maybe with the exception of macrame, and that's only because i did enough of that in the 70's to last me a lifetime!).  i have a very strong yearning for learning, and supplies for all of it!  so, today i'm trying to curb my antsy appetite by carving some rubber stamps....i find it very relaxing, and as long as you keep the sharp blades away from your fingers, it's quite stress-free.  and, if all goes according to plan, i'll have some new designs that i'll be able to stamp onto the blank pages of my handbound books (emphasis on the if all goes according to plan part).

14 comments:

Doda said...

Your bird book is lovely.

I have that antsy problem too. I want to do EVERYTHING too!!!

Jill said...

good luck with the carving - be sure to show us how they turn out! I've always wanted to learn how to do my own book binding, to make journals. maybe someday...
with your permission, I'd love to add you to our artblog's favorite artists links. I think it's especially important to support and encourage other christian artists out there :)

If you like our work, you're welcome to do the same! http://thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com
Have a great day!

Julie-ann said...

One day i hope to buy a couple of your beautiful handmade journals books. They are so beautiful.

PrairiePeasant said...

I thought I was the only antsy one! ;-)

T.Allen-Mercado said...

I concur. My creativity has bouts which border manic behavior...

Gifts of Creation said...

I think it's great that you are trying to so many things...I would love to have the time.. Have you seen Genine's Art Blog on my blog list? She has pictures of all of these hand carved stamps she's made....

2ifbysea said...

Antsy to be artsy! That's what we all are! Oh, I can so relate to this post, Lori. Creative restlessness is a familiar and ever-present character in my life.

Martha Lever said...

Ah yes, I too went through the macrame stage in the 70's and I remember it was adicting. I love to carve too and we can stamp in our new journals! Weeee!

Flor Larios Art said...

It seems like we have the same problem. I get frozen when I want to do so many things at one time and then caos in my workspace...so try to follow your plan and have fun.
Thank you for always visiting my blog and leaving beautiful comments.
Hugs,
Flor

shiborigirl said...

Hey Lori,

I'm with you on the ants-in-the-pants thing. I TRY to learn everything. But that means my studio is jammed with supplies for things I learned, got bored with, and then moved on. Maybe we could do a trade!

How well I remember carving linoleum and wood blocks in printmaking class. More than once I've driven a tool straight into a finger. I used to tell people that each print had a "little bit of me" in each one! :-)

Have a happy day,

Kate

Jenn said...

ooooh how i can relate lori!
i did get such a giggle about the macrame though:):) I hope you have a great weekend and a very Happy Valentine's Day with your sweet Valentine:):)

xoxo...jenn

julie king said...

my son bought me a set of carving tools for christmas since i told him i wanted to carve my own rubber stamps. what a lucky mom i am! i see you're using eraser material. i had no idea that's how you could make them. you've inspired me!

Mrs. Buck said...

what kind of stamps are you making? I wanna see!

Anonymous said...

i happened to see your blog after i looked up the word "antsy"
i hope i have abit of your creative antsyness!
if the creativeness comes along with being antsy, i will gladly become antsy to be creative!
you do have created beautiful books and all!
i hope you keep up the great work ! from kiloa in korea ^^

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