I walked out to the studio this evening to work on my stamp for the week and noticed this frost pattern on the front porch. I took several pictures of it but could not capture the essence I was looking for but did enjoy the spiral pattern. When I was doing the drawing I wanted one that was slightly larger on one end so that when I stamp into the clay and flip the stamp over it will create a spiral pattern down the piece as I stamp around. We will find out if it worked when its bisque fired and I can try it out!
So I started out these sketches with my middle and last initial. L for Linore and S for Schissel. Then I started day dreaming about curves and breaking it down a little further to individual parts of the letters and came up with this leaf pattern.
I spent some time looking through some old graphic design books, did some sketches from them and ended up with this:
Its the first day of the new year! ( My husband says I am the best at pointing out the obvious)
So I went for a run to bring in the new year with energy. I tried to be mindful of the patterns I was passing. I noticed a vine crawling up the tree, berries on a holly bush, some sort of weird red orange berry with yellowish caps. It must be poisonous because even the birds are not eating it. I got lost in my own mind for a while and then opened my eyes to see a crack in the side walk that made me think of memories and why do we choose to remember events. Its not like I go into a moment saying “I want to remember this for the rest of my life”, but sometimes things just stick with me and they are not all that significant. Like the time I smashed my thumb with a hammer and called my fried Blaine because I knew he would understand just how badly it hurt, because he had just done it a week or so before. Why do I carry that memory with me. Whats so stellar about it? I have smashed my thumb plenty since then but they don’t stand out.
Any way, I digress. When I finished my run I came back and spent some time sketching out patterns I saw or thought of. Sketching is the 1st part of creating a stamp. I started out with an explanation point because hay its the 1st day of the new year!!! Its going to be great! Below are the sketches I came up with and I am particularly drawn to the tear drop shape. I connected it together in several different ways and think that will be one of the 1st stamps I create. I think it will not stand alone and may need an additional stamp to help ground it into a pattern. As this progresses I will try to take more pictures of the little things I notice and tie them into the stamps I make. My hope is that readers will be able to see some small connection between the finished stamp and the inspiration behind it. Cheers on a beautiful sunshiny day in Asheville NC, oh and if I didn’t already mention it…. Its the 1st day of the new year! Happy New Year!