Turns out this week is devoted to the oak leaf. I have been wanting to carve leaf stamps for awhile, but had always assumed I'd use one as model and free-hand it. Not what happened. I traced one!
Every leaf is so unique, and this one's "shape" will live on as a design after the original has decomposed in the earth. As I investigated each leaf's details, I studied the complex map of veins reaching out from their centers in a new way. I painted the back of one to enhance the definition of this network of arteries. Still fascinated, I created a rubbing of one of the more delicate leaves.
Whenever I carve a stamp, I transfer my pencil drawing by flipping over the paper onto the carving block and rubbing it with pencil. So, why not do that with a rubbing, too? Double rub!
Note: I used Staedtler's Mastercarve block for these stamps.