30 January 2010

How to make a stamp from a photo


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1. Scan your object and bring up the jpeg on your photo manager or copy and paste it into a text program and adjust the size of the image to the size stamp you want to make.


2. Print the image. 
3. Using a very soft artist pencil, I used a 4B, draw the outline and details of the image simply tracing around the printed image.
  Make sure you get a good amount of graphite from the pencil onto the image.



 

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  1. Place the image face (graphite) side down on the carving medium. I used Speedy Carve. Rub the back of the paper firmly with the back of a spoon while holding the paper in place.

  

  

 
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-->Go over the graphite lines with a permanent fine point ink pen.


 

  
 6. I start with the thinnest blade in my carving set. I have a very inexpensive 5 blade set. I do the fine details first then increase the blade size and cut more and more of the background away leaving the image behind. I call this a positive image because when I stamp this the stamped image will be of the image on the jpeg. You could also cut away the image leaving the background. I call this a negative because when you stamp the image, the background will have color and the jpeg image will be a void.
 
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--> 7. When I have cut away all of the background leaving the image, I test stamp it on paper with ink. I can touch up the stamp image if I need to at this time. 




8. If I am happy with the stamp, I trim away all but a 1/2-5/8” boarder around the image. I stamp the image with ink onto a piece of wood then using GOOP attach the stamp to the other side of the wood. I usually do this for images I am planning to keep and reuse many times. Some stamps I carve for a one time use like my friends dog picture. I will probably not use this stamp again. Most of my stamps I reuse over and over. The wooden mounting gives the Speedy Carve material a firm support making goopy mistakes less probable.

 9. Here is the feather and its image in pearl acrylic paint on black fabric.


 
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--> I learned these techniques from Lyric Kinards "Surface Design Sampler Platter" DVD. I bought my Speedy Carve and carving tool from Dick Blick
 
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7 comments:

  1. This is a great, clear tutorial. I love the feather image. I've had a look at your flickr too, very impressive:)

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  2. Thank you very much for sharing this good idea. I guess I will try it myself as soon as I find a good photo. Greetings from Germany

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  3. Oh, excellent idea! Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

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  4. super tutorial... I loved to read your postings! , Viktoria

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  5. Thank you for the tutorial! And I live in Maine too, although not on the coast.

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  6. Hi!

    I recently posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

    I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.

    Thanks,

    Nancy Ward
    http://paperfriendly.blogspot.com

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