Friday, January 15, 2010

Procrastination and accomplishment

I'm wondering if there is anyone out there (besides me) who does this -

1. Buy supplies and tools to learn a new craft.
2. Take supplies and tools to work area to start the learning process... tomorrow.
3. After a few days, put the products away until there is more time to spend learning the new craft.
4. After a few weeks, wonder, what was I going to make?
5. After several months, forget that you were ever going to try learning something new.
I could go on, but you get the idea.

Stamp carving was my procrastination. Convinced that I could learn to do this, I bought the cutter and the soft mat for carving... and then got distracted by a million other things.

Until today. And now... I am hooked. No one should be allowed to have this much fun! I started with simple shapes and within about an hour I had 2 stamps (plus one small puncture wound and a very late dinner).

This is what the process looks like.

Image transferred to the carving block.

Black lines stay. White areas are removed.

Testing for high spots that need to be cut away.

Notice the cupcake stamp in the background...

... it looks like this!

Aaah, life is fun, isn't it?

Happy is the (wo)man that findeth wisdom, and the (wo)man that getteth understanding. Proverbs 3:13


Marcie said...

You made your own stamps? Wonderful! Beautiful! Our store, Planet Mind, could use a unique stamp like that!

Corissa said...

I love the stamps. I bought a viola keeping in mind that I was going to learn to play. I have not graduated past twinkle twinkle little star. It has probably been almost nine years.

cHim-prints said...

Cori - you need to get a stamp that is laughing lips - that's what you make me do every time I hear from you!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds good. Do I place my order here?