A project we did when learning about the Native Americans in the Southwest of the country, was to carve our own Kokopelli stamp.
We looked at all the samples that are online. We each made our own on and few it on a piece of paper. Then, we traced it, from the back onto the printing block. (I purchase most of our art supplies here, and now that there is a store here in Portland, it is a treat for me to go in there… but I try to go as few times as I can, otherwise I’ll bring home one of each.)
Then, once the design was clear on the block, we started carving it. I’ve had these carving tools for many years, I like all the different tips and how easy it is to use and store.
Depending on how you like it, you need to carve around the lines, so the lines are your design. Sometimes it’s hard, since the lines are so thin and close together. But it was a learning experience. We’d stamp it and see how it’s looking.
If we didn’t want it just like that, we kept carving and making the changes.
Until we liked it.
It was fun. I’d like to do it again some time soon.