Several years ago, my cousin bought some rubber blocks for me at Dick Blick. One 3/4″ thick slab of Staedtler mastercarve, and two packages of Dick Blick’s own no-brand. They’ve been in hiding with my craft supplies, my lino knives all gone. This spring I bought a cheapo set of knives to see if I enjoyed carving as much as I thought I would. I did! No big surprise there. So I got some proper knives and have now worked my way through all the crumbly, coarse no-brand rubber blocks. I’m done! Woohoo. Now I just need to figure out how to split the mastercarve block, as it is massive.
I’ve been exploring different ways of making a pattern. Larger squares that are 1/4 of a pattern, like this one:
Unfortunately I was not accurate enough, so the diameter is a bit off on the outer border, but the heart and the first border is ok.
And smaller “self contained” ones, like the ones below. I ended up using the whole last sheet and then some to make 3″ squares.
The coarseness of the rubber meant I was unable to make fine detail, but in a way that almost adds to it. And maybe it’s ok that it’s a bit coarse? I plan to use these on fabric, so maybe it works as they are? I’ll play around with it, anyway. After I’ve tidied my sewing room and finished some ufo’s that lie around.
Then I’ll carve some more…because it really is great fun.