I like wine. Specifically a bold red wine with a full spectrum of flavors, and preferably with "mocha" in the description. But that's another post.
I have been collecting corks lately for my upcoming New Year's art lockdown so Heather and I can make stamps. My original idea, something I've made before, was to carve cute little patterns on the ends of the corks, but I had an epiphany and decided to try to make a stamp roller.
I got out my materials: a real cork (don't get me started on the current trend of wine makers to use plastic corks- the horror!), a craft knife, a charcoal pencil to sketch with, and toothpicks. The toothpicks didn't work all that well and I ended up using tacks, but I didn't get a photo of them ahead of time. Forgive me?
I drew simple lines and circles on my cork. I wasn't sure how easy it would be to carve out tiny circles but it actually wasn't that difficult. I figured I only had to get a few millimeters deep with my carving, and after a few minutes I had a good handle on the process.
It took maybe 10 minutes to carve, and I love the way it turned out. I think I'll try a bolder pattern next time.
Once I was done carving, I stuck some toothpicks on the ends. It was sufficient, though not ideal, and I was able to load the cork up with paint and roll away.
This would be great for a border, or a swath of color across an art journal page.
Here's the roller after I scrapped the toothpicks for tacks. Much better.
So what have you been making lately?