Tian Gan | Printmaking & Design
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Tian Gan's Printmaking Blog

Tian Gan's design and printmaking blog. The Stockholm-based artist writes about her work process.

Layla - hand-carved dog stamp for wedding stationary

So if you know me in real life you probably know that I grew up with dogs and am a dog person. I do get more cat stamp commissions than dogs (cat owners are more crafty, perhaps?), but this time it's a custom dog and name stamp for a couple in Baltimore and their wedding stationary. 

Starting with a pencil sketch, using a photo provided by the customers and their wedding photographer.

Layla, handmade dog portrait stamp by Tian Gan

I put together a quick Photoshop mock-up of the dog portrait and the typography design the couple requested for the name stamp. 

Layla, handmade dog portrait stamp by Tian Gan

Once the sketch is approved it's carving time! The fur took a long time. In the photo below I have completed carving and cleaning the stamp; when I carve, I stain the stamp with a light-colored ink pad so I can see what I'm carving better. 

Layla, handmade dog portrait stamp by Tian Gan

Completed and mounted on wood, these stamps are good to go!

Layla, handmade dog portrait stamp by Tian Gan

You can write to me (tian@gantian.se) for commissioning your own custom stamp, or look at the designs in my shop for inspirations :) 

Good night!

/Tian

 
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