Tuesday, April 03, 2012
In the younger grades, we used to take potatoes and carve a shape into the end. Then we would paint the carved potato and "stamp" it onto paper. It was inexpensive but the potato didn't last long.
Other substances that can be carved are wood, linoleum blocks, erasers and now there are carving blocks that cut easily.
The dangers involve using carving tools.
When Allie was in first grade, I was asked to take one day a month and do an art appreciation unit with the students. The lesson took 45 minutes and I divided the time by explaining a particular artist and his technique and then giving the students similar materials so they could emulate that artist's progress.
One unit involved an artist who did multiple prints. In preparation for the lesson, I spent the night carving linoleum blocks for the students to use in their process. Well, I got sloppy, held a block incorrectly and needed a trip to the emergency room for some stitches.
After that incident, Jon made me promise to give up linoleum carving. I found softer substances to carve and learned to be more careful. And since then, I have carved lots and lots of stamps.
Here is the simple procedure that I use to carve the stamps.
This is a great way to create various shapes or image that I want to use repeatedly in my artwork or if I make invitations or cards.