Back from Seattle!

Yesterday was a traveling day for most ArtFiberFest attendees- including me. I arrived home with lots of art to photograph and share. These include my work and other artist work, too.

The experience was exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting-all at the same time!! My favorite part is meeting and connecting to people I’ve met there. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Alma Stoller, an artist whose blog is on my “must-read” list. She has a lovely spirit about her, a gentle and kind soul. Her vendor booth sold out in a matter of minutes, but I was wise enough to head there first and buy some items.

I also met an Oklahoma gentleman named “Bird” that was lots of fun to hang out with. Turned out that Bird and I had lots of friends in common from the old rubbestamp/eraser carving days in the 1990’s, but our paths never crossed. He and I were in an eraser carving swap started in the mid 1990’s and is apparently still going strong- called Raplica. (Bird also gave me lots of info about metal art to get me going in this area. I plan to take a class on metal art jewelry next semester at a local college.)

Jana Newton, a FL educator and artist, was a breath of fresh air. We connected over buttons in the Art Asylum room one night. The Art Asylum room is a place where everybody cleans out their studios and pack up boxes of interesting stuff. We send it to Teesha (AFF organizer) who places it in the Art Asylum room. Then, if you need any art supplies, you head to this room and find what you need.

Of course, I must mention Lori and Teri, my travel mates. We stayed at an old Victorian Hotel in Port Townsend called The Bishop. We shared a 2 bedroom suite, and recommend this hotel for its cleanliness, service, proximity to restaurants, shopping and the shore. Be sure to check out Lori and Teri’s fabulous blog to see thier art.

I also met about 2-3 dozen more wonderful artists who I loved to hang out with and talk with… I think I will need to showcase some of their work and interview them for my blog so you can see what they do as well.

More later as I unpack, and finish my class projects and trades so I might share them with you. I also made a few “other” items to share including a very funny sock creature.

Hugs, Carla

Something for my Studio

One of my favorite blogs is Geninne’s Art Blog. I love her whimsical illustrations, eraser carvings, journaling, and use of watercolor with her illustrations. Very inspiring work! I have also been following her recent move while her house is being built.

A few days ago, Geninne opened her Etsy shop online here. I visited and couldn’t resist buying this limited edition print, shown here with permission of the artist:

geninnepoppy1.jpgIt will look wonderful when I redo my studio! I live in California- and the poppy is our state flower. It also reminds me of the wild poppies growing naturally on the ranch.

Another print which I loved and almost purchased, too, is her collection print of houses:

geninnehouses1.jpg The colors Geninne uses make me happy! This grouping of her houses fits in perfectly with my theme of collections yesterday.

Be sure to bookmark and stop by Geninne’s blog and Esty shop. The fun thing about Esty is that you never know what you will find there! Thanks, Geninne, I can’t wait to receive my poppy print in the mail!

Enjoy your Friday! Carla

Eraser carving-part 2

Thank you for the feedback regarding the eraser carving tutorial yesterday. In the early days of carving, the only material available was artist gum erasers- hence the term, “eraser carving.”

Yesterday, we covered where you can purchase your supplies online. If you are similar to me and you want it NOW- check out a local craft store like Joanns or Michaels in the printmaking section. The carving tools are actually lino (short for linoleum) blades or cutters. I recommend a variety of sizes: Liner (1),V-Gouge (2),Large Line (3),U-Gouge (4),Large Gouge (5), and a Knife (6).


There are a variety of handles- I use an inexpensive Speedball lettering pen holder. I have also used the clunky handle shown in the photo above or an exacto knife.

Transferring the design to the printing block. I know of three ways to transfer your design:

Acetone Method The first way is to make a photocopy of the design (or laser printed from your computer), turn it over and apply acetone (fingernail polish remover) to the back of the paper with a soft cotton ball and rub gently. Be careful of words or other directional images as they will need to be backwards to stamp properly.
Tracing Paper Method Lay some tracing paper over your carving block, then your design and use a ball point pen or pencil to transfer.
Pencil Method This is the way I mainly do it. I draw with a #2 pencil onto a blank piece of paper and when I am happy with my design I will turn it over onto the block and run gently with my fingernail or the back of a spoon.


Then you carve around the outside line of the design using your finest carving tool:


Next, carve the inside with the finest blade, then switch to a larger “U” gouge to clean up around the image:


Use a stamp pad to determine high spots in your design:


Remove all areas that do not belong. Stamp it out to check your finished carved design:


You are finished! Now you are ready to do more detailed designs. Please share any carvings you complete. Sometimes I wonder if anyone actually tries out my tutorials! LOL

Regards, Carla

Eraser carving-part 1

I thought I would write a tutorial for eraser carving- aka block carving. I’ve been eraser carving since way back when- at least 10-15 years. Usually, I will carve for awhile, then put it away. Time will pass, and I will have a great reason to bring it out once again, so I do. After I get it out of my system, I will put it away once more. It’s a cycle.


Around 1996, I was asked to take part in a group book project called, Raplica, where you had to include a carved image into your page design. My good friend, Lori S-C, was also in that group- which was alot of fun! I’m getting sidetracked here, so I’ll get to the tutorial.

Step 1: First you gather your carving supplies:


Carving Supplies may be found online at Nasco, or Blick’s Art Supply. Look under “printmaking,” then under “block printing.”

Step 2: Draw your design with a #2 pencil. When you are happy, you may deepen the darkness of the lines.


You are now ready for Lesson 2 to finish this tutorial.  This is where we begin to carve and complete the finished stamp.

Regards, Carla