Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May Flower Challenge • Carved Flower

Carved Flower Part One • May Flower Challenge • Day Nine
The beginning of a carved block.

Here is the start of my carving process. I rubbed graphite on the back of tracing paper so I could trace my designs onto the carving block easily. Some transfers appear in pencil and some I did in black marker.

Turned paper over  to see flower drawing in order to trace.

Her are all my flower motif transfers. It was hard to choose which one to start with. I decided to start with the bottom right dancing flower. 
The carving begins.

As you can see below it turned out to be a nice graphic, strong and bold. I love the look, a lovely surprise.

 I have inked up the block to see what more is needed to be cut away from the block. 
I will run some test prints to help find uneven spots. 
The carved block looks great in its raw form, there is a primitive feel to the carving. 
I will start printing tomorrow.

Well there you have it!  A Flower carving for day nine of The May Flower Challenge . Each day you can post your flower creation, whether it is a doodle, drawing, photograph, collage or painting. This challenge has been started by  Lori Moon, fellow blogger, talented photographer and jewelry artisan. Play along on a specific day each week or only once - whatever inspires you. 
Join the challenge, here, it is going to be fun. 

Make sure to visit the other artists who are participating in the challenge at Lori Moon's websiteI love challenges like this because it helps build reference material for your body of work, it adds to your sketchbook, portfolio, motif library if you are a Surface pattern designers and so on. Make it work for you.

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  1. So much fun! I can't wait to work on a new stamp this weekend. Also, I need to do a little refining to the flower I carved a few months ago and then I think I will print in my sketchbook a little.

  2. what a great idea, and it turned out so perfectly....


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