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Board: Carving
Nov 25, 2008 6:04pm
This page is all for you to talk about how you carve letterboxes stamps. (For the letterbox.)
Orange Stuff
Board: Carving
Feb 17, 2009 2:42pm
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Does anyone know where to get the orange stuff in the area, not on the internet?

Turtle Run
Re: Orange Stuff
Board: Carving
Reply to: #351703 by Turtle Run
Feb 17, 2009 3:10pm
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the only place to get orange PZ Kut is from Stampeaz. though you are buying online, you are buying from a small business owned by a "local" letterbxer... her trailname is webfoot, and her customer service is superb.

romana
Re: Orange Stuff
Board: Carving
Reply to: #351719 by Romana
Feb 17, 2009 3:59pm
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Actually, the only place to get any PZ Kut is from Stampeaz.

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Re: Orange Stuff
Board: Carving
Reply to: #351719 by Romana
Feb 18, 2009 6:36pm
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Local LBer it is! I'll have to find her site. Thanks!
Help!!
Board: Carving
Feb 20, 2009 7:07pm
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Ok i spend 3 hours trying to carve one stamp and it never looked right,,,,whats the best way to carve
Thanks
Ellen
Re: Help!!
Board: Carving
Reply to: #353267 by skier4444
Feb 20, 2009 7:14pm
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it really depends on what you are carving.
Take your time and don't be afraid

Start with a simple subject and the move on to harder ones.

I carve deep. with knives, gouges, and needles.
Some carve very shallow with just gouges - they amaze me. I don't know how they do that.

If you are using an needle or a knife use the smallest part and carve small sections at a time.
cootie stamp
Board: Carving
Mar 13, 2009 4:08pm
What eraser /pzcut do you use for a cootie stamp?
Any Youtube videos?
Board: Carving
May 17, 2013 7:58pm
Are there any really good youtube video's about carving stamps. I have done the basic search but they are not too helpful.
On right now! Carving and stamping
Board: Carving
Feb 14, 2016 1:26pm
Click the link:
https://www.creativelive.com/courses/stamping-techniques-design-robert-mahar

It's playing right now! Perfect for beginner carvers.
Carving a Real Person
Board: Carving
Dec 6, 2017 9:12pm
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First off, man, is this board dead :) I hope some of you actually see this post. Did these sorts of questions migrate over to somewhere else?

Okay, now my main question: I'm finally gonna tackle carving a stamp of a real person. Like, say, Jimmy Stewart or Beyoncé. My problem is: I can't really find a good caricature or graphic image representation of my subject. Mind you, there are lots of "normal" black and white pictures out there - like if it were Dick Van Dyke, there's this: http://classicmoviechat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Dick-Van-Dyke-9515591-1-402.jpg - but that's really gray scale. And i'm not sure how to "convert" it to something carvable. Do I just treat anything not pure black as white?

Looking for tips. Or directions to where this might have been covered here already. Thanks.
Re: Carving a Real Person
Board: Carving
Reply to: #954401 by Poison Oak
Dec 7, 2017 7:22am
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If you want to use that photo, you'd have to use black for all shadowy areas of the face, even the wrinkles of the forehead, and white for the remainder of the skin.

Other people have computer aps that make high contrast images. i am not a computer whiz, so can't help, there.
Re: Carving a Real Person
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Reply to: #954401 by Poison Oak
Dec 7, 2017 10:23am
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I think that a lot of posts that could go here often go to the group Tools of the Trade. Speaking of which, I think if you go there you could post your image conversion technique request. There are online sites that will convert pictures into line drawings, that is what you need to do in order to carve a real person. If you are looking for software, look for the same kind of thing. I use Paint Shop Pro and there are boatloads of tutorials to convet an image to line drawings.

Good luck!

Lynn

PS: Who are you looking to do an image of?
Re: Carving a Real Person
Board: Carving
Reply to: #954401 by Poison Oak
Dec 7, 2017 12:11pm
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I used this free program to convert a photo of a person to something i could carve - but it was a bit of work and required some free-hand touch ups. Results will largely depend on the starting photo I'd imaging
https://online.rapidresizer.com/photograph-to-pattern.php
Re: Carving a Real Person
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Reply to: #954414 by Bon Echo
Dec 7, 2017 12:17pm
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Here is the photo you posted with about 5 minutes of working it up in the rapidresizer program. It will still need some touch up, but you get the idea.
https://www.atlasquest.com/images/gallery/14/31/143114lg.jpg
I should mention that to save an image from that program I use the microscoft snipping tool (like a screenshot), haven;t figured out how to save an image once it is edited.
Re: Carving a Real Person
Board: Carving
Reply to: #954401 by Poison Oak
Dec 7, 2017 5:50pm
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Another way to convert images to something carvable is to use a photo editor to posterize an image. You can often choose the number of colors to 2 and get what you are looking for. Sometimes, you have to fiddle with the light and contrast before posterizing.
Re: Carving a Real Person
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Reply to: #954411 by Phoenix Rizing
Dec 8, 2017 12:09am
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Thanks.

Jayne Mansfield.
Re: Carving a Real Person
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Reply to: #954416 by Bon Echo
Dec 8, 2017 12:11am
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Thanks. Now I wish I'd posted the actual picture I wanna use :)
Re: Carving a Real Person
Board: Carving
Reply to: #954427 by Poison Oak
Dec 8, 2017 9:46am
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Give the program a try but if you run into any problems I'm willing to take a try as well.
Re: Carving a Real Person
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Reply to: #954435 by Bon Echo
Dec 11, 2017 3:33pm
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Thanks.
Re: Carving a Real Person
Board: Carving
Reply to: #954477 by Poison Oak
Dec 11, 2017 4:09pm
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I usually google "convert image to sketch" and any number of sites come up. You upload a picture and play around with their styles. Use snipping tool to save it if there isn't a save option.

I also have a freeware program called Infranview that is a good photo editor. But any photo editor should have similar options. I convert pic to grayscale. Then look for effects like "edge detection" or "sketch". Or play around with the contrasts and brightness til I get something that looks reasonably good.
Re: Carving a Real Person
Board: Carving
Reply to: #954479 by BaliWho
Dec 11, 2017 4:24pm
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https://www.atlasquest.com/gallery/viewalbum.html?albumId=4636

Here's what I got using Infranview. Used the line detection feature, then used negative image, then played with contrast a little.

It's not great, but you could tweak it more.

For me, it helps to find a picture that looks like it will have a lot of contrast and detail once converted to grayscale. A lot of her pics look hard because the hair and skin are so pale.
Dick Blick Mystery Material
Board: Carving
Aug 5, 2018 8:26am
I picked it up this weekend from Dick Blick in Philadelphia some mystery medium. It seems to have a consistency like pink, a touch thinner and has a thin layer of grey on top of white. Has anyone worked with this material?