Waste Not, Want Not

1 Dec

frida paper

“Waste not, want not” as my Nana used to say, along with “Make do and mend”. She survived two world wars and the great depression of the 1920s and never threw anything away. I’ve been tearing some beautiful Japanese Shiohara paper for an edition of woodcuts and there are a load of small leftovers about 7 inches by 4. Cut in half they’ll be the ideal size to try out a little rubber stamp I made a few months ago with a laser cutter. I scanned a screen print I did of the artist Frida Kahlo and scaled it down then followed the complex instructions to operate some extreme machinery and out popped this stamp. I haven’t tried it out yet. I’ve been waiting for the right paper.

7 Responses to “Waste Not, Want Not”

  1. jhv57 December 4, 2015 at 05:23 #

    I keep all scraps of paper. Use them for chine colle on larger prints.

  2. Problems With Infinity December 2, 2015 at 16:07 #

    So cool! I have kind of an obsession with stamps- this one is awesome, nice work!

  3. Phil Cooper December 2, 2015 at 11:35 #

    Beautiful stamp and that paper looks soooo nice. Love the message here too, using up scraps and bits can result in some interesting work I’ve found, maybe because I’m not being precious about it and worrying about ‘ruining’ costly materials

  4. Leonie Andrews December 1, 2015 at 23:30 #

    That is one elegant stamp of one elegant woman you have there. A small portion of beauty.


  1. Breaking Out Of The Frame | scribblah - March 15, 2016

    […] Frida Kahlo, an artist I admire very much. I printed it onto small leftover pieces of a beautiful Japanese Shiohara paper that I had been using for another print job […]

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