Anyhoo, while I acclimated to my new commute through Athens, I noticed this little shop with an intriguing sign - 'Double Dutch Press'. Hmmmm....
Then I happened on a flier from this same mysterious establishment and found that it is a print making shop (silk screen, linotype, etc) and they offer 'STAMP CARVING CLASSES'. Well, I knew right then and there I would be signing up for the next session.
The class was absolutely awesome and I can't thank Amanda and Katherine enough for making it informative and fun. I had tried carving my own stamps before, but, with little success. I learned a lot about the process from Amanda (instructor) and gained much needed confidence. So here are some of the pictures, and before I go further, I must tell you that I chose an oddball image to carve (big surprise). It is a shuttle from the old fashioned weaving process. Why? I will let you know when I post info on my first letterbox!
|My instructor Amanda (right) looks on while I test out my carving. Periodically you ink your work and then test the result on paper.|
|Some of Amanda's carvings - a colander and a typewriter. Amazing! Also, some of the tools used.|
|This is the original image.|