Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tools – Cork stamp roller tutorial

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?

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