Stamp 1-4-15

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So I go for  runs on a regular basis and there is this fantastic old mail box that I pass almost every time.  Its iron and rusting but has some really cool scroll work and from there I ended up with this stamp.

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Stamp 1-3-15

To start out the week I found an old Magnolia leaf on the ground when I was running this morning.  I was intrigued by the tip of the leaf and the dip of the end of the stem.  Below are the sketches from the leaf with variations on both.

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I originally settled on sketch 15 but could not figure out the design for the stamp, ultimately starting over with new sketches and ending up with sketch 21 that is reminiscent of the tip of the leaf but looking at it now looks like fallopian tubes.  Weird.

Below are the different stages of the stamp as I am working on it.

The beginning...

The beginning…

shaping

starting

I had to start over...

I had to start over…

The new design seems to be working...

The new design seems to be working…

It turned out nicely.

It turned out nicely.

Finished and labeled.

Finished and labeled.

Stamp- 1-2-15

So I have been going on regular runs this year and trying to observe small things along the run that will help me stop and slow down a bit.  Today I came across these cool memories from childhood.  I snapped a couple of pictures so I can make a stamp from them. Below is the process:

As a child, these would fall and we would call them "helicopter wings" laughing and chasing after them

As a child, these would fall and we would call them “helicopter wings” laughing and chasing after them.

1st I made some sketches...

1st I made some sketches…

Than I cut off a lump of clay...

Than I cut off a lump of clay…

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Refined the edges and removed some clay

and ended up with this

and ended up with this…