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SOFTBLOCK   CARVING 101     An Introduction to Soft-Block Carving
Making your own stamps is great fun! Even complete beginners can carve relatively intricate designs using basic equipment. Draw a picture by hand, or trace it, then transfer to a rubber block for carving.  The carving can be a simple icon or initials, or a monogram - your personal Chop. Simple and fun, so many uses!

  • Perfect for scrapbook and artist cards or for unique letterbox/geocache stamps.
  • Stamp into clay, polymer clay and paper pulp too!
  • Stamp-sign your artwork or make one for your favorite artist.

This introductory carving is meant to be small enough to complete in class. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to create your own signature stamp and will leave with the confidence and skills to continue your own exploration.

Age: 14 and up.               Minimum 3 people, max 8   per session   

Thursday  April 26,    5:30 to 8:00 pm
LOCATION:  DoArt, Westgate Plaza
                       3429 W. University Ave

$39.00 plus $10.00 materials/studio fee
Register @ Santa Fe College:  Community Education

 Saturday April 21,   10:00 am to 1:00 pm
LOCATION:    Northwoodstudios
north of Jonesville near 39th Ave, off CR 241
  email  northwoodstudio@yahoo.com for directions.
$46.00 include materials/fee. 



   A simple small design can make an excellent repeat pattern, with many possible variations

  3" x 4" Carving Block, printing inks/plates/brayers plus an assortment of printable papers are provided.
PLEASE BRING  a design drawn on paper.
If you're not sure if it will work, please feel free to email it to us for review before class.    ... a word to the excitable:  Curved lines are harder to cut.  Block letters, yes; floral script, well, p'raps not on the first go-round. (  *K*I*S*S* ~ "Keep It Simple, Sweetheart".)

You will also need  an exacto knife and/or #1 V-gouge cutting tool, #5 U-gouge    Sharp blades requisite!
These are available at the wonderful Central Office Supply, or from :~D us, here: www.creativeartscafe.net 


A Chinese seal is often colloquially called a “chop.”
Chops are actually used in several Asian nations, including Japan and Korea, but they have a long and well established history in China.
Some form of the chop has existed in China for thousands of years, and many modern Chinese have their own personal chops, which are considered official seals just as they have been for centuries.
The stamps are used in lieu of signatures in personal documents, office paperwork, contracts, art, or any item requiring acknowledgment or authorship. 
trivia ~"Chop"  when referring to these kinds of seals, was adapted from the Hindi word chapa and from the Malay word cap, meaning stamp. Please not to confuse this with Clapton-style musical chops, a very different sort of signature artwork. 
Bada boom!

This project is intended to introduce carving basics, starting with a simple small design in order to get a feel for carving
into rubber and other surfaces before moving on to more complex or larger pieces. 

 For more information, please view our BASIC CARVING TUTORIAL