Stamp Carving from Geninne Zlatkis on Vimeo. I made this 10 minute video today to show the whole process of making a hand carved stamp. It might take a while to load so be patient. The music I used is called "Bigger Situation" by Leo Kottke, a favorite of mine :) Enjoy!
I watched your video with my mom, she loved it! Says she picked up a tidbit she will now use with her stamp making: finishing off nice and neat with the x acto blade... she likes to be neat! I like having dirty paws. Tail Wags to All. ~Moose
Gennine, thank you so much for doing this. I have made a few linocuts before and stamps too, but it helps to see someone do it. I grew up watching my amazing mother and learned nearly everything I know from her...words weren't even necessary. That's what your video reminds me of. Thank you. This is amazing, I can't wait to go do my own now.
A couple of questions on your technique: I now see how your lines are so smooth-you take it away in one stroke. That helps. But why do you cut away the exterior? You seemed to spend a lot of time taking that off and I wouldn't have thought to do that. Why do you do this? Also, what was the brand you used, was it an eraser like you list in your materials, or was it rubber?
I really admire your work, your faith and your business sense. Please know how grateful I am that you share it with us.
thank you so much for this video and for sharing your stamp carving with us! I have been wanting to carve stamps for quite a long time now and everytime I see yours I can't believe I still haven't done anything!!! Thanks again! The feather stamp looks great in white ink! :)
Geninne, it's beautiful to see you work, I love the light feather and the white ink makes it so unique! Once again you have inspired me! thank you! I have to say I always look forward to seeing your blog!
Wow, I can't get over what a steady hand you have - just gliding through the whole process. I was completely transfixed. Thank you for sharing. I could picture all the blood if I tried doing the same with those sharp implements.
Wow! I am so inspired! It's been about 15 years since I made a stamp. What is that wonderful material you are using? It's so easy to carve! I'd be making stamps like crazy if I had some of that. I suppose it's only available in Mexico...?
awesome! thank you so much for sharing. i tried my best to make my own stamp once and was convinced i was doing it wrong. after seeing this video i think i was just being way too hard on myself. i just wish i had your talent!
Geninne, Thank you so much!!! I have read a million tutorials which say and 'now carve your stamp' so to me it is priceless to see how someone as talented as you actually does it. And I love watching skilled people work, it is so fascinating. Can I ask, do you sharpen your blades and how. Regards Susie p.s. I will definitely be posting a link to this on my blog :-)
Fue súper relajante. Sentí casi como si yo lo estuviera haciendo de la atención que puse. Obvio a mí no me quedaría tan lindo. Me pregunto si se podrán comprar todos los materiales aquí en la Ciudad de México... Por cierto, la música hermosa y relajante. Te recomiendo mucho a Rodrigo Y Gabriela. So guitarras rítmicas y creo que te pueden gustar. Un saludo
The was pure magic! Just so beautiful to watch. You are an inspiration and definitely gifted. I love how you just go for it without stopping, no hesitation to your lines. Must go buy some carving blocks now :)
Es un placer verte crear, gracias por compartirlo con nosotros. Aquí en España (que yo sepa) no tenemos todavía este material tan maleable para trabajar, tenemos que conformarnos con el linoleum. ¿Crees que se puede conseguir por Internet? ¡Mil gracias!
aaahh, beautiful... i'm working on rubber stamps, but i can't get my hands on proper materials here - only small rubber stamps, no big carving blocks, and the lino cutter is not good. can't make the thin lines that i want to. i have to shop from abroad, i guess.
I am so inspired by the simplicity with which you live and create. It just brings a smile to my face how you openly share your passion, but equally important your knowledge. I always feel fantastic after I read one of your posts. Create a great day, Janine
Thanks so much for posting this video. When you posted your "deconstructed" pieces earlier this week, I was inspired to pull out my brand new, never been opened carving supplies (that I've had for months) and give it a try. It was so much fun! However, my first attempts were rather primitive, hacked looking affairs. But as you say, practice, practice! I plan to continue until I can make delicate images as well! Thanks for the inspiration!
Wow your stamps are so beautiful and its awesome they will be on etsy! Your birds inspire me....come check out my bird and dragonflies on my blog and I'm giving away a piece of original art today! http://giftsofcreation.blogspot.com/ or just click on my pic.
I love watching this video, your work is wonderful. It looks like letterpress to me, I'd like to try this technique for myself. I came across one of your photos here...http://ffffound.com/image/b3aee55b63ab51d7cdb59acb7d11e6600d18c0b3 It doesn't seem to link back to you, maybe there's some way to change that so people can find your work through it? There is another photo of yours underneath with a link back though. Thought you might like to know if you haven't already seen it. I saw it on this sweet blog and added a comment with a link to you (emma always tries to link back to the original photo, but in this case it was on ffffound)... http://lightandwriting.blogspot.com/2009/04/g-is-also-for.html (I'm starting to feel like the 'good fairy' or something, lol, but one thing led to another and that's just what happens when you follow too many blogs ;-).) Cindy
Oh Geninne, you make it look so easy! My stamps never come out as nice, but I hope practice makes perfect. Lovely soundtrack too. What carving block were you using? It seems much thicker than the Speedball blocks I use. Thanks for sharing your technique with us!
This is a really fantastic little tutorial! I've been experimenting with making my own stamps, but they've been clumsy and clumpy. Thanks so much for taking the time to inspire us all! And Kottke is of course the perfect choice :)
So great! Thanks for sharing this. I instantly decided to make my own trials - it was fun indeed and the results encouraged me to continue: http://www.23hq.com/Spelterini/photo/4365849?album_id=3905375 Greetings from Bern/Switzerland Peter
Wonderful! I teach eraser carving to my 6th graders every fall. I will have to warn them to rotate the eraser so the blade points away from their other hand...great how you showed how the different gouges make different cuts. Absolutely love your work!
This is awesome! I feel like I'm watching myself!!! That is exactly how I make my lino carvings! The tracing paper, the scorer, the spinning the block around! My art teacher hated watching that as she always feared I would cut myself! Truly inspiring geninne! I love your work!
Awesome video & great feather! I am a print maker here in Seattle. They make this tool you might like at McClain's Printmaking Supplies. Its a "Bench hook" or "Hanga Sagyodai" (a Block holder), Registration Boards also work well. It kill keep the block you are carving into a stamp steady when you carve. That way you don't have to hold it with one hand as you carve with the other. They are easy to make your self too if you want.
Awesome video & great feather! I am a print maker here in Seattle. They make this tool you might like at McClain's Printmaking Supplies. Its a "Bench hook" or "Hanga Sagyodai" (a Block holder), Registration Boards also work well. It Will keep the block you are carving into a stamp steady when you carve. That way you don't have to hold it with one hand as you carve with the other. They are easy to make your self too if you want.