Sunday, May 30, 2010

at the zoo...

I spent most of today on a really fun project. A very good friend of mine works at the Philadelphia Zoo and asked me to make a set of stamps for them. They are doing zoo camp this summer and the kids will learn about endangered species in different countries. They'll have passports which will be stamped with the animals they learn about, and I got to make the stamps!! Yaaay! So, here they are!
Clockwise from left we've got the Orangutan, Micronesian Kingfisher, Gorilla, Golden Lion Tamerins, Harlequin Toad, Humboldt Penguin, Polar Bear, and Diamondback Terrapin. And of course the one in the middle is the Zoo Camp stamp.
I can't believe I got them all finished in a day. It helped that I had all the drawings done already and was able to transfer them to the block and carve. And now Jim is on his way home and it's time to relax!
Oh wait - I carved a new stamp yesterday too. Here it is!

Got almost the entire thing done while my daughter was in the shower. That's either a testament to how quickly I can carve when I want to, or how much water a teenager can waste.
I'll let you guess which.


Daydream Retreat said...

How fun! The passport idea is so cool! Your stamps look just like the ones in the store, never met such a pro stamp maker before :)

sugarskull said...

Aw, thanks! Constant practice is doing me some good, I guess. :) I want to go to zoo camp!!

Daydream Retreat said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog...the fabric covered hoop is a little more difficult with some tricks (like shoulder hooping) and a little easier with others (like leg hooping with pants on) and I think about the same for hip, waist, chest, neck and hand hooping. The fabric does slip a little once it loosens up from use but doesn't seem to cause too much trouble :)

Robin Hartman said...

Your stamps are beautiful as always. I just love the penguin and the jellyfish! My kids would go nuts for them.

sugarskull said...

Thanks, Robin! :) Oh and Daydream - I hadn't thought about the fabric being good for knee hooping with pants! That's always been a challenge for me - getting the hoop back up with pants on. You found a way to circumvent (no pun intended) the problem! Brilliant!!

tell me little bird... said...

I love, love, love your stamps... So unique!

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