We designed these wooden ink stands last year. We worked with craftsmen to realize this product using quality wood and good finishes. We first debut them during our workshop with Public Garden and we are now offering them for sale with customization options at our shop.
I wanted to create a new look for the notebooks that we will be including in the calligraphy kit for the workshops this weekend since we will have some male participants. During the last workshop, I used the butterfly stamps that I got as a token from the organizers of the MT Tape workshop I conducted last year.
Took a quick photo using my old iPhone
I decided to carve these stamps using vintage sailor tattoos as inspiration. Sketching the design was pretty easy but I had a hard time deciding on which carving rubber to use. I ended up using a Japanese carving block that Lex bought me during one of his trips to Japan. Unfortunately I no longer had the packaging so I’m unable to mention the brand here.
Sailor Themed Stamps: Sparrows, Stars and Anchors
I used linocutters and a kraft knife to make the details. I’m pretty happy with the result. I’m looking forward to carving more designs for my collection as soon as I get more carving rubber.
If you’d like to highlight the design of your wax seal by using a pigment as a second color, make sure that you select a metallic pigment. If you use a regular ink pad the ink will not stick to the sealing wax leaving you with blobs of ink.