Thursday, October 23, 2008

I hope I make it on my own

I recently went letterboxing with my neighbor, Lisa, and her son, Jackson. It was so much fun that I decided I wanted to go again. But I needed a stamp. A personal, handmade stamp.

So, my neighbor came over tonight and with her help, and my mom's, we made one.

I chose a celtic winged horse for my design. The Celts worshipped the horse goddess Epona. She represented nobility, fertility, and power. In Greek folklore there was a horse with wings called Pegasus that had the power of flight. I decided to combine the two.

We used some Mastercarve and sculpting tools and, little by little, whittled away until we got the look I wanted. It took a few hours and was messy but I think it came out splendidly!

Voila! The Fantastyk Voyager is born! The hooves are actually better than in the photo. I got a little too much ink on the bottom of the stamp and it made the two lower hooves extra thick.

Thanks to Lisa and my mom for all their creative skills and advice.

I hope I make it on my own - artist: David Bowie, song: Can't help thinking about me, album: David Bowie


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Yes, it has begun.....a new obsession.

And I'm SOOO happy about it, too!

Your Personal Stamp looks amazing. I'm so glad I was able to help you with it, but you really did a wonderful job on your own.
You picked out the perfect image for your Trail Name and I'm proud of you.

I'm also so thrilled that I've got a new Letterboxing buddy :)

Happy Trails!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

I'm excited!!
Hiking with you has been great!

John and Diane said...

Welcome to letterboxing! Great stamp you've got there.
-Astro D, (Diane)

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Hi J & D. Thanks! Your Miner at the Mirador was the very first stamp I found!! I was so impressed that I wanted more! Hope to meet you someday soon.