This weekend was spent planning and carving new stamps to use in my paintings and to share at workshops. Printmaking has always fascinated me but I find carving wood and lino very difficult on my hands (and these days impossible with my shoulder) and I think that though I love the outcome, it's really the process of designing and carving that appeals to me. When I create these stamps to use in my art, it seems like such a natural progression from creating wood block prints more than twenty years ago to this as I get to use these in my current work. This was my first time using the pink Speedball Speedycut carving rubber, usually I use the white Safety-Kut which is easier to carve but does crumble a bit more. I'm still in the midst of carving a few more and can't wait to see how I will use them in my work.