Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Crow Stamps

I liked my crow photos that I put in my monotypes so much that I thought It might be interesting to have a stamp of them that I could include into an underpainting etc. in other works. They were fun to carve and very easy. I thought I would show them to you and the part of an underpainting in which I tried them out.  I may do a little more work on them as I see a few changes I would make.  I made a smaller version turned one way and then a larger version turned the other way.  I will probably make one with the profile image as well. These two images were printed by inking the stamp with acrylic paint.


25 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

That is such a cool stamp... wow! I tried a little carving but mine was pretty basic. Your stamp is beautiful.

Maggie Ruley said...

I love it, especially the way you left one foot solid and the other in line format. Nice touch.

martinealison said...

Good work... Very nice to be able to see it.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Thanks Manon, I think that is the reason I was so excited over these because I too had done simple designs but these were basically traced off the photo which I wasn't sure would translate well. The photo idea has opened up a whole new world of image possibilities for me.

Hi Maggie, thanks! It was one of those things where you just try to problem solve. One foot was black and the other foot was white. So I outlined the white one to keep from losing it altogether.

Thanks Martine! Nice to see you and have your comment.

Mick said...

You did a great job on this cut and I love the way you've used it.

PS: You should be on the alert for the postman and a special package in the next day or so. :)

Cheryl Pilgrim said...

I love what you're doing with your printmaking. I want to use these ideas in my classroom as well.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Hey Mick, thanks! and looking forward to your print arriving! Can't wait to see what you came up with.

Cherly, hey girl, thanks so much! Really enjoying your new blog and your wonderful paintings! If you want some ideas for teaching mono prints you might be interested in looking at the video by Julia Ayers and her daughter on the subject at artworkshops.tv.com where you can rent it on line for 24 hours at 4.99. well worth it for the info.

Diane C. St. Germain said...

I think I gave my comment directly to your email address... So I will try again to give it to you through your blog.

Please tell me again the name of the material you used for this stamp. I thought you said "Quick Cut" and you bought it at Michaels??? The Michaels in Gulfport never heard of it.

I just love what you did with the stamp in the painting of the two birds. Wow!

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Dear Tonya,

I am so glad that I stopped by this evening to see what you are up to. Just yesterday i purchased a set of tools and a plate to try my hand at making a stamp. So seeing your crow and the resulting stamp has given me inspiration.

Thank you for sharing and I wish you a wonderful Easter day weekend,
Egmont

lynne h said...

oh, this is beautifull, tonya! it inspires me to make a stamp this way... xo

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Hi Diane, your new blog is looking great I hope everyone will visit it. The stuff is called Speedy Cut by Speedball. I didn't find much at Michael's this last time I went although they said they still carry it. At Hobby Lobby I found that and two others, Moo Carve that is quite a thick gray block and Speedy-Carve also by Speedball which is pink. Good luck with your search.

Egmont, so nice to see you! So happy to be an inspiration for you as well. I think that is one of the wonderful things about the blog world, we meet freinds and inspire and are inspired by those we might never have crossed paths with in our normal lives. Please post your results or if not, send me an email with what you come up with. I will be anxious to see what you do.

Hi Lynne, I have been intrigued with your new approach of minimalism with your faces. Can't wait to see what you do with stamps. Or as I saw on another blog today,"Lino prints". I guess that would be more from linolium blocks though but hey, what the heck, sounds more arty.

JRonson said...

the last was even fabulous, I loved the experience, was very free and full expression. a good Easter for you:)

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Thanks JR! Thanks for Visiting my blog. I appreciate your Easter greeting as well, that's very thoughtful. You have an interesting blog and work. I hope my friends will check it out.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Tonya, I am impressed by your crow stamp; it's wonderful! I like the monotype pieces you've been working on. They're exciting! So many fun things to do and create!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Thanks Peggy, nice to see you came by to check out the stamp. It was really fun to do. Made some more monotypes yesterday will have to post soon. Finally got my hand press set up and it worked just fine!

Jan Locander said...

I love those! But you know I love everything that you do. I want to see them in person next time.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Thanks, Jan! Common over anytime, You know where I Live. LOL! Hope everyone will check out your blog and the beautiful beads and jewelry you make! Thanks for stopping by.

Jeb said...

These stamps are cool!

Sharmon Davidson said...

I love your stamps! I just recently bought supplies for doing this myself, and am anxious to try it. I'm also a crow aficionado. Wonderful piece!

Nick said...

like that! we both know some who would balk at the scribbles, but that's part of the recipe and it wouldn't taste right if you left them out

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Hey Nick, welcome back to earth! LOL! Congrats on all your accolades! I am looking forward to my Biennial book.
I have to say I am into the scribbles and lines right now. They do get covered up for the most part but it's like that Tai restaurant that has the sign out front that says "if you don't like garlic, go home" My sign currently says "I am exploring scribbles and lines, so work with me here!" Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone will check out your latest post on your China experience with the Biennial watercolor show.

Caio Fernandes said...

the way you've worked the crow is really special .
so fascinating , strng and delicated at the same time !

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Thanks Ciao, this is actually just a small section of an unerpainting. I like to put lots of interesting layers so the finished painting has depth.

SKIZO said...

Great
Work
good
sources
of
Inspiration

Rachel Rolseth said...

WOW!!! This is so beautiful. I have been totally inspired to go make a stamp of my own now. Great work! I love the monoprints in your last post too. Keep it up!

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