I’ve recently become fascinated by repeating stamp patterns and wanted to take a Scandinavian motif from a knitting book and turn it into a stamp.
Here’s the final stamped image, slightly askew but I’m getting better!
First I started by making a grid on the stamp block using a #2 pencil. I needed 12 squares by 12 squares so I cut my block to 3"x3" and made the grid 1/4" squares.
Next I drew out my pattern onto the block, coloring in the portions I wanted to keep
Next I took a fine v blade and carved around the image (the astute will notice that I missed a few lines, oops!)
Then I carved away anything that wasn’t colored in. I started with a number 5 v/u blade to get the big sections then went back in with a number 2 v blade to get the corners straight.
And the final stamp
And here’s the book I pulled the original motif from, however I did modify it slightly to make the corners more interesting.
For carving I was using Dick Blick Readycut which I like because you can easily see if you’ve carved down far enough.
Thanks for looking!