A friend asked me to carve a stamp of a petunia, and it seemed like a great excuse to try something I've been wanting to do for a long time: mount one of my handmade stamps on a block of wood.
I purchased a wooden block from a craft store for about $2 and used this as the template for the stamp. After the carving was complete, I used a brayer to apply acrylic paint to it and stamped the image on the top of the block.
I suppose I could have waited until after I'd cut the block to stamp it, but was impressed to find that the paint held up so well through the sawing and sanding.
I took the advice of this tutorial I found on a site about letterboxing (something I'd love to try!), and scored the back of the stamp, then used Goop Glue to adhere it to the block.
After everything was dry, I pulled out my watercolors to add some pigment. I love that the color is a bit transparent and the grain of the wood is still visible. The final step was coating the entire block with a clear finish.
Hopefully it holds up well.
Have I mentioned that I've been playing with my stamps in Illustrator? It's a lot of fun!