Monday, May 21, 2012

inspiration monday


for those days when you want to do something a little different in your journal,
all you need to do is pull out some of those photos that you've taken recently!
choose your favorite photo and trace the image onto tracing paper......






then transfer your drawing to a carving block, and
carve away your pencil lines.







after you've finished carving,  apply your favorite ink and
stamp your image onto your journal page......







and once you've added some finishing touches,  you've got a
colorful journal page that was inspired by your very own photo collection!




{for more information on stamp carving, you can watch my video here!}

{supplies: strathmore visual journal for mixed media, sunflower photograph,
 hand-carved stamp (made with speedy carve and a speedball cutting tool),
stampabilities and colorbox pigment stamp inks, pitt pens, 4B graphite pencil}






36 comments:

Mary said...

I tell you, creativity just oozes out of you Lori!

Beautiful!

Sandi Keene said...

absolutely beautiful!

marysza said...

i have learnt about this technique at my art school.. but the biggest problem is that you need a special tool with images bigger that A6 :))
but it really is beautiful!! :)

Caatje said...

It may be a pointless thing to say, it being inspiration monday and all, but...you are such an inspiration!

Sandi said...

now that is creative journaling, love that sunflower, really must try those stamps soon, hugs

wv said...

the sun
the flower
the sunflower

all make my day!

xXx

Julie Clay Illustration said...

Stunning work! Stamping never looked so good. I neeeeeed to give this a go, I have some of the pink stuff and the tools, hooray for your inspiration!

Janie Husband said...

awesome.....

Eden said...

Awesome!! This is so cool! Ahh the things you can do :D

Ravenous Rae said...

wow you did a great job caring that block! I am not quite so patient to get that much detail!

Gail Lieurance said...

Exquisite carving! You make it look so easy and FUN! I am always inspired just looking at your creative projects every week. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

Christine E-E said...

I keep telling myself I want to try stamp making again... I did some in another creative life years ago!
Do you "tamp" the stamp design on the stamp pad, or rub the pad lightly over the surface of the stamp?
Is my question too silly? I always seem to get too much ink on the stamp & it bleeds into the groves.

Jeanette said...

Lori - You stamp-carving goddess!!! Another awesome stamp and finished piece!! Stamp + lettering + ink = one fabulous LV original. Love it. Can you help me figure out how to "carve" more time into a day so I can try out all these great ideas?!? :) Have a splendid week! xoox, Jeanette

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Simply charming!

lori vliegen said...

hi christine! that's not a silly question at all! this particular stamp was a little larger than what i usually work with (about 6"x4"), so i tamped the ink pad across the surface of the stamp. but i usually do the opposite (tamping the stamp onto the ink pad) when i'm using smaller stamps. i hope that helps! xox

April Cole said...

"INSPIRE" away...
Love your clever, creativity. :]
Keep arting!!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

wonderful!! Where is my carving block?

sallgood said...

beautiful!

Jessie May said...

Oh my goodness, that is truly amazingly beautiful! Lori, you are so talented : )

Edith said...

Just a little "Hi" from Paris - France =)
I am following your beautiful blog/work since a long while & it is my first comment, but you totally amaze me, I wish I have a little bit of your talent.
Thanks for sharing your work, it is always a pleasure to look at it.

Martha Lever said...

WOW! Gorgeous, Lori!

Jean M. said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this:)

Margaret said...

How do you manage to make everything look so easy? Just another technique to add to my never ending "to try" list :o(

Margaret xx

Introverted Art said...

This is absolutely beautiful!!!!!! I have never tried stamp carving, but you are getting me the courage to give it a try.

Marit said...

I only have small (erasers) stuff to carve stamps, but that should work too with some photos... Thanks for the inspiration!

Lynette (NZ) said...

WOW - very cool stamp

Faygie Fellig said...

fabulous! you rock girl...

Createology said...

Beautiful stunning sunflower you have carved and stamped. I am amazed at how easy you make it appear. Your results are so simple yet elegant. I love your creative inspirations you share so generously with us. Thank you Lori dear...

Tiger said...

Just lovely! Great job again.

Terrie Purkey said...

What an excellent and simple idea - I have never carved on a block, but I will try it on craft foam....now to search my photos ....

patricia said...

so beautiful!! I must start carving again!

Andria said...

Wow! That's amazing. You make it look so simple, and what gorgeous results!

ellie said...

have i told you lately that i adore you?

Linda said...

Wow!

Jennifer M. said...

Wow! That is a very cool idea!! It turned out so beautiful too. :)

Marianne said...

Awesome ! Yhanks for the inspiration.

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