I can't explain my current obsession, maybe it's because i've been doing nothing but eating, sleeping and sewing bags for all the shows I've ill-advisedly signed up for this summer/fall. It's a fun and addictive diversion. That and the wine. Which I dont' recommend doing simultaneously. Aside from really crappy stamps, sharp tools and X-acto knives require a high level of manual dexterity, obviously best wielded in the most sober of conditions. So I've been carving stamps, and stamping bags. Lingerie and shoe bags which should be up in my shop soon once I am happy with the final design. I originally started off with this really soft rubber which crumbled whilst attempting to carve detail. A trip to the RISD art store remedied this problem in the form of blocks that carve like buttah. I've got to tweak the design a bit and find a better way to apply the fabric paint to the stamp, maybe a brayer? I used a brush, and it got kind of splotchy and blotchy, so I'll just have to keep these bags for myself. Won't I feel so together when I pack for my next trip with proper shoe/lingerie bags?
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