Monday, July 30, 2012

Beauty from Scraps

Modern Sunflower                                                                                   by Velásquez©2012

A happy design accident happened as I carved a floral stamp with my favorite five petal motif. I wanted a permanent stamp of the flower found on my marketing pieces. 
As I carved and then cut away the edges, the grooves on the stamp intrigued me. 
I thought they would make a cool design. I took my ink and paints out and decided to see what I could make with the off cuts. I was pleasantly surprised. 
I created the Modern Sunflower pictured above. 

Now when I carve I plan to file the off cuts for future design fun as opposed to throwing them away.

The start of the Modern Sunflower with some off cuts. 
Some of the grooves I found intriguing.
More mark making with off cuts. This is quite a sweet little flower, don't you think?
Made from scraps! Love that.

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  1. I think it is very sweet! I love the thin, sketchy green lines. I want to try making a stamp, but only have old potatoes around here..Hmmm.. Email coming your way soon. (Sorry for my tardiness:) Julie

  2. Very nice - I would also love to see the design(s) you make with the original block!

  3. What a great idea! Love the end result.

  4. Deborah - You inspired me to start playing with carving stamps about a month ago. I too, am using every little scrap and even saving the shavings because I think they might come in handy in the future for some type of texture on my acrylic paintings. I'm just a baby in all of my art, so thank you for sharing your process. There is such a fresh, open, giving spirit to your blog. I am grateful to learn from you.


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