Practicing a bit on my carving. I was working on it for a letterbox. It didn't turn out exactly as I wanted, but it was good practice and very relaxing. (smile) The plan was to get permission to plant it at the Diamond Lakes Library. The title was going to be "Diamond Lakes Library....A Girl's Best Friend". The problem that I have with it is that I used the Mastercarve block, and it was a bit too soft. It really put the soft in soft-block.
Speedball block (the pink stuff, as referred to by carvers). It is more firm and can take the abuse. Stampeaze is selling a new soft-block called Firm Kut. Think that I will also experiment and give that a try.
Most of the time, I am carving on the go.......while traveling, doctor appointments, spending time at mom's, etc. Here is my carving kit that I take with me. (photo left, above)
I love it! Found it at a yard sale for $1.00. Isn't that sweet! Gotta' love yard sales! I always find the most amazing things to use for art projects.
If you would like to give carving a try, my favorite book is Stamping Art Workshop by Gloria Page. ((((She is also my favorite artist))))) She has an excellent DVD titled Art Stamping Innovations. You won't regret having this in your library. If you really want to see some "AWESOME" carvings created during a study of this book, check out work from the loving members of my online group, Artists of the Round Table.