Carve December Day 6

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to draw a partridge in a pear tree. While I was growing up, we had these partridges and pears that we put on the Christmas tree every year. My mom had picked them up from Sears “on the Boulevard,” which was the flagship store in Philadelphia. I don’t remember which Christmas they first appeared, but I remember hanging the pears on the tree and using the wires built into the partridges legs to attach them to the tree. Most of the time, they would flip over and hang upside down so it took some creativity and multiple branches to get them to stay upright.

It’s funny what simple ornaments that you hang on the tree every year that invoke the strongest memories. Christmas is a time of traditions and customs. Like family gatherings, decorating the tree, making cookies, shopping for and wrapping presents. Holiday music and favorite holiday movies and big meals and celebrations.

And a simple partridge in a pear tree is a traditional member of the annual cast characters that pop up during the season

Carve December Day 4

Day 4’s prompt is “little.” I decided to make a little kitty based on one of my Kringle Kitty designs. I winged it, drawing the image directly on the Speedy Carve. The nice thing about these small carvings is they don’t take a lot of time. The hardest part of the whole process is getting past what I want to carve.

I used a small piece of Speedy Carve. I carved the image first and then I decided to remove the background. After stamping it a few times, I cut back the shape a little to minimize the carved background.

This was a delicate piece and the cutter slipped a few times so I had to make adjustments. I try to work slow but occasionally I knick the rubber which means that I have to make adjustments, especially on these smaller pieces.

The small stamps are really fun to make. If you think these are difficult, they really aren’t. The main ingredient is patience and not being hung up on being perfect. During December, they are especially useful as a meditative practice before I get to work on other things, like commissions.

Ktingle Kitty Stamp

Carve December Day 2

Here is my Day 2 Carve December stamp. The prompt is “metal” and my husband thought a chain shape would be cool. I sketched my shape first in pencil. The speedy carve was a weird shape that I utilized and incorporated into my design.

I realized, after I finished carving it, that I could “link it” to create a long chain pattern, which could come in handy for larger patterns.

Carve December Day 2

Carve December

It’s December 1 and it’s the beginning of a new month long challenge.

I like this challenge because I get to carve stamps and use them to create some fun patterns. Last year I made random Christmas cards out of bits and pieces of my patterns and stamps. Everyone received their own “one of a kind” art for the 2021 holidays. One of these years I want to carve the entire card.

Today’s stamp took me a while because I couldn’t get past the prompt until I decided to just take a random piece of “speedy carve” and just do the first thing that came into my head. in this case, a random feather shape. The prompt is gentle and this was the only thing that I could think of.

Happy New Year!

The last sketch of the holiday season and the last stamp carving for the Carve December Challenge. Stamps also seem to be ‘on the menu.” The full pile created this month…

I used the stamp in the sketch.

Sleigh

What’s better than a sleigh with 8 reindeer? A sleigh with 8 cats! Santa’s annual run was over. He’s looking forward to a long rest. This year was stressful. The reindeer went AWOL so Santa had to use the barn cats. The elves all got sick. There was a blizzard over most of North America. He found out he’s gluten intolerant and can’t eat most cookies anymore. He did discover oat milk and the kids have been leaving out almond milk and coconut milk instead of cow’s milk so he felt much better this year.

It’s time to feed the cats a nice juicy meal for helping him out. He checked in the elves who seem to be feeling better. The local ranger found the reindeer scarfing up hay at a local dairy barn and is returning them in the morning. Time for a glass of wine and a book by the fire. But he may decide to watch the Mandalorian instead.

And today’s stamp.

Piñata

The prompt for today is piñata. I chose to do this one in my sketchbook instead of the iPad. I winged this one with materials that I had on hand and used what I had in my sketch bag. Sometimes having your options limited is a good thing.

Today’s stamp carving is also an exercise out of Carve, Stamp, Play, though not carved exactly the same, but I made it my own. I added the test print to the page with the two borders.

Cookies

I didn’t bake butter cookies yet this year. I say yet because I still may bake them this week. We’ll see. In the meantime, enjoy my visual version.

Also, I was at at loss of what to carve as a stamp today, so I flipped open Julie Balzer’s “Carve, Stamp, Play.” I can always use another border. I highly recommend Julie’s book.