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the random art of eraser carving

I love to carve erasers, to create a stamp for my art journal pages that is totally unique. It's easy + instantly gratifying. With infinite possibilities.

One day recently my daughter (12) was bored. It doesn't happen often. So I took her over to the art baskets stacked on shelves near the kitchen and asked her to close her eyes and pick a basket. She reached up and picked the "stamping" basket ➸➸➸ so we carved eraser stamps.

This was the beginning of several carving sessions.

My daughter carved the words LOVE (both negative space and positive space, whatever you call that), DREAM, ART, HI, 5 O'CLOCK, plus some circles (my favorite of hers) and hearts.

I carved these funky boxes with fringe, which apparently look just like forks. My younger daughter (9) suggested spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs and so I carved that, a rainbow and three tulips {my favorite}.

Here you can see the stamps tested on junk mail, along with the carving tool we used. I got the speedball linocutting tool and three types of cutting tips. I get white staedler erasers at Target for about 50 cents each and I cut both sides. They cut like butter.

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Reader Comments (3)

Great Carving! We have carved a lot of stamps over the years both for art and for Letterboxing. to read more about letterboxing.
I love the erasers so much for so little.
Have a great day!

01.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

these are so nice! It's something I've been wanting to try for a while now, maybe your post is just the nudge I need to get going. Thank you!

01.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaatje

I've been wanting to try this for awhile, too, and even bought a bunch of erasers. Then I went to an art store, and got proper carving tools and even the rubber (or whatever you call it). Still haven't done it! But it's there for me sometime this year...Your stamps (and your daughter's too) look great! How meaningful to include handcarved stamp images in my journal...that's quite a draw right there.

01.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

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