Using my son Callum’s drawings as inspiration, I have carved some stamp blocks from “Soft Carving Blocks” purchased at Jacksons. The blocks are super easy to carve with Lino cutting tools and somewhat more forgiving than lino. They are thick enough to carve a design on both sides, so are more economical than first appear.
I drew my design directly onto the block and then carved away the sections I didn’t want to print. A test print shows I need to cut away more from the middle of this one.
Since I will use these stamps for my cut away works (where I will stitch around the printed areas and then cut away the print), I want enough white space to show interesting background fabrics and large enough print areas to get the scissors in between the stitch lines.
This one won’t work as the lines are too thin. They say mistakes can lead to new ideas – here I think extra stitching and cutting away the negative spaces might just work.