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The Weekend Crafter: Rubber Stamp Carving: Techniques, Designs & Projects Paperback – April 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Weekend Crafter
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579903002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579903008
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've come back to my art very late in life, and I'm determined not to waste another minute.

My current art studio is a renovated antique post-and-beam barn attached to our home. Out of every window I see a beautiful view of the New England small-town-neighborhood I live in--lilac bushes, pine trees, sugar maple trees, a small mountain up the street.

In my studio are bookshelves filled with books and magazines on art, craft, the business of art, and anything else that catches my interest.

I have a jewelry-making area where I store my bead collection (including antique African trade beads, vintage glass beads from Europe, China, Inda and Japan, beads in every color of the rainbow. Directly behind that is my sewing area, where I create art quilts inspired by prehistoric cave art. I have drawers full of vintage buttons. Around the corner, there's a small table where I carve stamps and do paper arts--cards, altered books and mail art. Here are small organizers with drawers full of old postage stamps, bits of paper, rubber stamps and pads, colored pencils and an old typewriter.

Across the room is a long table where I make my polymer clay artifacts. These look like real prehistoric artifacts made of fossil bone and ivory. I use these to embellish my wall hangings, and also use them to make jewelry and small sculpture.

Along one wall is my extensive fabric collection, a color wheel in fiber! I use vintage tablecloths, antique paisley shawls, recycled clothing, and fabrics from India, Africa, South America and China to make my wall hangings. I use linen, cotton, wool, rayon and silk, with the occasional "mystery fiber" thrown in.

Much of my art started with making toys and clothing for my children, and I have many playful things in my studio--a collection of Chinese "doll" pincushions, ethnic dolls, school maps, small colorful wooden toys and animal figures, dishes full of pretty rocks, marbles and sea shells.

My two rabbits are always underfoot, either sleeping nearby or tugging on my shoelaces, begging me to play.

In addition to carving stamps, sewing wall hangings and making jewelry, I also write. I write a regular column for Crafts Business Magazine. I also blog several times a week about the business of craft and my life as an artist.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Lippincott on June 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've been a stamp carver and art teacher for many years. This book is the best instruction guide for learning to carve that I have ever seen. The author has described all aspects of carving soft blocks for printmaking. Her step by step carving instructions are beautifully illustrated with good, clear photographs. This is a guide that can be followed by an absolute novice carver AND is very useful to the intermediate or advanced carver. As carving teacher that has given workshops all over the country, I found many of her carving tips useful. If I ever write a "how to" book, I hope it would be as helpful as this one. This book answers and illustrates with excellent photographs all of the FAQ's (frequently asked questions) that have come up in the carving workshops that I have taught. I own or at least have read nearly every stamp carving pamphlet and block printing "how to" book on the market. This book is the best I've ever seen. Sure wish I had written it!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ArtWay on December 18, 2002
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This book started me on yet another new craft obsession - carving my own stamps has turned out to be so much easier than I thought it would be!
I don't think there's anything the author could have added in this textbook - there are already wonderful stamps, a gallery, thorough instructions that are beautifully illustrated and tons of inspiration. Also a nice section for troubleshooting and fixing mistakes when something goes wrong in your carving - very helpful!
Very happy to have purchased this book!
Zig
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan W. Swartz VINE VOICE on April 19, 2002
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Luann Udell has done a wonderful job of explaining the art of eraser stamp carving. She reviews materials and tools, explains how to select and transfer designs, describes the carving process in detail, and gives many examples of useful carving projects. The book is filled with clear photos, concise instructions and helpful hints. A perfect guide for the beginner stamp carver, the book also has more advanced information and tips to offer those who already know how to carve.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a beginner at stamp carving, and this book answered every question I had. After reading the book and following the steps, my work improved substantially! The pictures and text are clear and easy to follow, the projects are fun and inspiring, and the gallery illustrates the heights this artform can reach.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Scheel on March 30, 2002
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This is an excellent book for the beginning rubber stamp carver. Rubber Stamp Carving, by Luann Udell, gives the reader many projects to choose from. The instructions are well written, easy to follow, and all are illustrated with color photographs. The book is beautifully illustrated with examples of Udell's carved rubber stamps and the images made from them. It includes a gallery section featuring other crafters who demonstrate the wide range of possibilities within this medium. It also includes a section of templates for the projects.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judy Wood / Glasswood Studio on May 21, 2004
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This book clearly details the ins and outs of carving your own rubber stamps, for those whose creative instincts urge them to follow their own path in the world of stamping. With clear, non-technical language, the author shows in words and pictures how even the simplest and most modest of tools can create lively stamped images which can stand on their own or be incorporated into larger and more complex works.
This is a good "inspiration" book for either the novice entry-level artist/stamper or for the seasoned creator who is looking for new directions for their art. Luann strikes a nice balance with her presentation, with an instruction book that is user friendly and free of "tech-talk". The "how-to" instructions are clearly written and well complemented by excellent photos showing exactly how to proceed. This book will be appreciated by any who purchase it as a springboard into new areas and levels of creativity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By retroredux VINE VOICE on June 27, 2006
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If you are interested in learning how to carve your own art rubber stamps then you need this book as well as Art Stamping Workshop. Both books provide clear cut instructions on how to carve your own stamps to make artistic and fun stamps that are one of a kind. Well worth the 10 bucks here on Amazon! I recommend it.

5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Florendo on March 3, 2010
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This book was given to me for Christmas. I couldn't stop picking it up and reading through it and soon I was ordering supplies to start carving. I had carved stamps in high school using the same tools and techniques but it has been more than a decade. In a few days time I had carved a dozen or so smaller stamps and my 4 year old son is delighted! I'm so glad to have this book, even though I had carved stamps before and am a little artistic naturally the photographs and step-by-step instructions are invaluable. I really love having the templates so I can create the exact stamp shown.
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