In this post I showed how I made a copper plate etching and mentioned that I had also made a rubber stamp print of the same image and text – well here it is. This was one of the most difficult stamps I had carved (until I carved one this weekend! More about that soon 🙂
I mainly wanted to talk about the difference in the 2 processes – Copper plate etching and Rubber Stamp. I really like that copper plate etching and the course at Cardiff Print Workshop but enjoyed cutting the rubber stamp more. I think this is because I don’t like being out of control and at the whim of chemicals and presses. Because I hand carve the stamp if there is a mistake it’s mine – I am not at the mercy of something going wrong with the plate, chemicals and lots of other permutations. Maybe this is because I can be very impatient? But then there are those that tell me they wouldn’t have the patience to carve a stamp 🙂
I then cut the SpeedyCarve away from the main block. You can also see my practice wings stamped on the bit of paper on the top.
In this picture you can see that I have just cut part of the outline of the bat.
This picture shows the rest of the wings gradually being carved.
Finally (if I haven’t bored you to death and you’ve got this far 😉 why a bat? Because since 2005 I have been lucky enough to have lovely bats visit my garden at dusk in the summer months. I can’t explain why but I get really excited when I see them, it does my heart good and just makes me really happy – they bring me great joy. I feel privileged that they have chosen my garden.
You can find out more about these beautiful creatures on the Bat Conservation Trust Website I have been a member since 2014.