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Take an exciting journey into printing with custom carved stamps In this complete stamp carving workshop, Julie Fei Fan Balzer covers every aspect of creating and using rubber stamps, including carving linear and curved designs, alphabets, complex and repeating geometrical shapes, and image transfers After carving your own unique stamps, you ll also learn How to combine and layer stamps into original designs How to design stamps that work together as well as individually How to create stamps that combine with or enhance other stamps hand carved or commercial And how to create complex, layered effects that resemble screen printing This book also includes simple projects that explore various applications for stamping, including printing on different surfaces such as fabric, leather, paper, and canvas Find your authentic design voice and get carving today...

Title : Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps
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ISBN : 1596688866
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Interweave November 30, 2013
Number of Pages : 144 pages
File Size : 566 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps Reviews

  • K. Officer
    2019-02-06 05:26

    I love this book! It's a very in depth course on creating your own stamps. The book starts off with the basics and then progresses to more complex designs. She covers alphabets, simple designs, faux woodcut stamps and interlocking and layered stamps. The icing on the cake, though, for me is the inclusion of how to take a photograph of a person and make that image into a stamp. How fun is that! I have been waiting for a while for this book to be released and I have to tell you, it does not disappoint!

  • Smiley Face
    2019-01-21 06:29

    If you are new to rubber stamp carving Julie makes this soooo... easy. Everything you need to know, explained in great detail is in this book. Supplies you will need and why you need them are listed. There is clip art you can actually copy so your first stamps will turn out like the authors. Tons of big pictures and clear directions. You can't help but succeed. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would.

  • MusingCrow
    2019-02-06 22:06

    I have followed Ms. Balzer's blog for some years and enjoy her work a lot.

  • Phyrst
    2019-01-22 06:18

    I think this book has some good info and some good ideas. For someone that has no idea how to make a stamp, has never looked around on-line, this book may help you. It's a 141 page paperback with lots of colorful pictures and a small resource page. Chapters include: The Basics, Stamp-Carving Workshops, Designing Stamps:Sets and Interlocking Stamps, Designing Stamps:Pattern Stamps, and a Wrap-Up. In between some of the different chapters are Gallery pages with pictures. I found them the most interesting, perhaps the best part of the book! She lists skills you will practice and gives tips. But with the internet and searches, today it's easy to find info on almost any subject. If you're interested in making your own stamps and you've watched any of the YouTube vids, then you already know most of what is in this book. I didn't learn anything new. That's my basis for giving this review and only 3 stars - the info inside is old news. I'm sure I would have passed this book up if I'd had the chance to look through it first. I would not have purchased it. Trying to make a decesion by reading what others say in a review is always hit and miss. It's really hard to judge a book or tell much about it online. To be honest, I seem to learn best when I observe and I saw several videos that taught me alot about making my own stamps. And YouTube is free! What could be better? I wish I'd saved my money instead. This is one of those craft books that you shove to the back of the library shelf, forget about and try not to think how you wasted your money (again)!!!

  • D. S.
    2019-02-18 03:34

    I love this book! Julie gives detailed directions for carving stamps, she gives you suggestions gives examples so that using your own ideas you can progress to your own original stamps. I have other stamp books and they are nice. This book is great in that it shows the process and gives great tips and tricks.

  • DebbieK
    2019-01-28 06:17

    Fantastic book by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. I took her online course, Stamp Carving 101, which was really helpful. The book serves to reinforce her teaching demos, and provides a little more information.

  • AliDear
    2019-02-19 00:13

    I like to rate my reviews on creative books based on their ability to inspire me and this book was very inspiring to me! I am in a obsessive phase of printing with carved stamps and this book gave me great inspiration from which to work my own ideas. I gave it to my daughter who absolutely loves it and had to buy another for myself. It makes me want to print everything with my own stamps: greeting cards, wrapping paper, tags, wall art....everything. If you have a lot of experience with carving and printing your art, this might be too basic for you but if you are beginner to intermediate, I recommend it for fun ideas.

  • DYK
    2019-02-15 02:25

    I have been carving my own stamps for a long time and have all the books that are related to the art, so I was delighted to see a new one out there that might have a different approach. It isn't the best book out there for actually learning to carve, but it is more than sufficient in that regard and will be get people started quite well. What I most like about the book, however, is that it really does promote the "play" aspect of the title. These little units of art can be used very effectively in patterns and with different coloration, etc.. Julie Fei-Fan Belzer has a lovely and lively collage style of art and she wields her stamps with great imagination and flair, inspiring me to use my many (1000+) hand-carved stamps in new and more relaxed ways - renewing my joy and fun in my art form. It's a very good book for getting started in stamp carving and a great rejuvenator for experienced carvers, too!