Tuesday, August 14, 2018

wax seals using buttons

wax Seal using a shank button

Recently I bought a couple of seals from letterseals.com along with some wax. Those seals are in the upper left corner of the photo below. I also discovered from various websites that I could use buttons for stamping designs into wax. So I have been combing through the button collections at my local thrift shop. I found several that work wonderfully for stamping into wax.

wax seals

I used all types: shank, flat, domed, and the type with holes in the middle. I am pretty happy with the results!

wax Seal using a shank button

wax Seal using a shank button

Later, if I want, I can attach each button to a cork. The stamping seemed to work fine without the attached "handle." And without the handles, storing buttons takes less space.

Are you wondering how I got the gold highlights on the sun? The video below from LetterSeals explains how to highlight the wax seal.

I'll post more later with photos of how I use these wax seals.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fern Linocuts

Linocut, Three Ferns, 8 x 10

I completed three fern linocuts last week. Above is printed on an 8 x 10 inches sheet of paper. The image is about 5 x 7 inches.

It always feels relaxing to do the linocutting. All the work comes before the cutting and involves sketches then transferring the chosen drawing to the block.

ferns, fern linocut, and fern print (8 x 10)

Rather than cut all three ferns into the same block, I cut each one as a single fern. This way I can arrange them in different ways or pair with another element.

It was a beautiful, summer's rainy day when I printed these, so I'll end with Sylvia Plath's words:

August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born.
The odd uneven time.

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