Friday, March 20, 2009

adding to my flock

I'm falling in love with carving stamps... oh, but you know that. But do you know how deeply? I enjoy sketching the design, thinking about positive and negative spaces. I marvel at the magic of transferring it to a block. I appreciate the slow and meditative process of carving. It can't be rushed. And then there's the printing... onto paper... cards... journals... linen. So I've gone a bit wild! I'm having a little sale in my shop tomorrow 11 am EST. I will be selling some bird scarves... I wore the black one into town yesterday (keepin' it!) and got more compliments than I dare to repeat... it's embarrassing! There will be a similar one tomorrow for sale. Thank you Kath at Whip Up! for loving it, too! I've been glowing all morning!

Last week I stamped my Moleskine journal with the barn stamp... which inspired me to make more for you.
As you can see my flock of birds has grown... an American Goldfinch and Indigo Bunting have joined the Barn Swallow. I made some sets of bird note cards, too.

Stop by tomorrow's sale for birds and maybe some surprises... there might even be a bucket or two. We'll see what I can come up with!

Happy Vernal Equinox! Pin It

21 comments:

  1. I love your birds and admire your talent for carving stamps. Awesome job!

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  2. These are just wonderful. I have never really used stamps in my work. Did you actually carve these designs yourself? You are so talented! Love it!

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  3. I'm amazed at your stamp carving talent - all that "negative space" and things you were talking about is why I could never do it myself! Truly lovely and wonderful work!

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  4. Stunning, absolutely stunning! Your talent for carving is remarkable, and the designs stamp so well on a variety of surfaces. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  5. Happy spring Maya. Your birds are so delightful I think the real ones may not want to fly any further north this spring and may just have a party in your backyard.

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  6. Happy spring to you Maya ! (forgot to tell you on Flickr, sorry) All of your bird stamped items are SO perfect, it's absolutely amazing ! One of your maaaaany talent, my friend ! :D Big hugs your way oxoxo and a hapoy weekend too ! xoxo

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  7. Oh Maya! I'm in love! Your birds are so perfectly sweet.
    You are one very talented lady!

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  8. Oh you're a clever, clever girl.... You never cease to amaze and inspire!!

    PS. I've been reading your blog through Bloglines but have had no time to write many comments lately. Loving your stamping!!

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  9. I have just come across your blog and really like your ideas and enjoy reading your things you have put up. I decided to follow your blog and found that I was your 200th follower!! How good is that :) I look forward to reading lots more :)

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  10. I love your bird stamps! They look great on the kraft paper/journals (OK, they look great on everything but I really like how they look on the brown Kraft colour).

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  11. happy vernal equinox maya!
    your birds are so lovely..the love you put into them shines!
    hugs from up the road..
    jennifer
    xo

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  12. Maya, there's something about the stamps that you've been making that makes me think you've tapped into something really close to your creative core. The images are so real and you. You know I love all of your work, but there's such soulfulness in your print work. I can't wait to see this "branch" of your work evolve.

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  13. Oh Maya, these little birds you are carving are really lovely.

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  14. Yeah, You go girl! These birds turned out perfect! I wanted to show a picture on my blog, but am posting now and need to go to bed. I finally carved my own stamps yesterday! Ok, can see the obsession and where it will lead! I will have a list of questions for you soon.

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  15. I love your bird stamps, great work and so versatile.
    Nickyx

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  16. They're lovely, Maya! You were born with the artist gene; you make it all look so easy. I think you should do a post about something you can't do or struggle with. I would actually find that interesting. Really.

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  17. So inspiring is your work...I'm a printmaker, but I haven't touch my carving tools and rollers in eight years. Maybe it's time??

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  18. I love your bird especially the barn swallow. You do beautiful carving. It is addictive I have been there. Enjoy!

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  19. These designs are just gorgeous. You are so clever.

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  20. these are just beautiful maya! i'm super impressed with your carvings - you're a natural! the picture of the feathers sticking out of the walnut shell feels like home - my kitchen windowsill is currently covered with walnut shells waiting to become candles, and just yesterday i brought in a fallen chicken feather to add to my windowsill collection. i wish we could share our nature collections in person!

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