This stamp eluded me for a while.  I was looking at the end of a magnolia leaf I had picked up on a run recently.  I was fascinated by the undulation at the tip as well as the almost unnoticeable veins in the underside of the leaf.  I did several sketches of different parts of the leaf and then extrapolated on those and came up with a design that I thought was pretty neat.  When I attempted to create this design it was a different story.  I started out just fine.  Got the gist of the outside edge but when I attempted the interior of the stamp things went wrong.  That’s fine…. I started over and over.  I simply could not figure out the interior of it.  So I went back to my sketches and started anew.  What I ended up with is pretty cool and I think it will make a nice pattern.   I am looking forward to having them bisque fired so I can start playing around with the pattern design and get some finished vases.  Below are the photos from this weeks process.

 

Inspiration Magnolia Leaf
Inspiration Magnolia Leaf

 

Here we go!
Here we go!
I started out molding the clay into the basic shape of the stamp
I started out molding the clay into the basic shape of the stamp
The 1st attempt did not work so I cut it off and tried again.  I am still working on the outside shape of the stamp.
The 1st attempt did not work so I cut it off and tried again. I am still working on the outside shape of the stamp.
I am carving away the outside edge now.
I am carving away the outside edge now.
I made it further into the the interior of the stamp this time but still not good enough!
I made it further into the the interior of the stamp this time but still not good enough!
Carving the outside edge did not work in the square so I am trying it again in a circle shape.
Carving the outside edge did not work in the square so I am trying it again in a circle shape.
I have drawn the outside of the stamp and will cut it away and then start on the inside of the design.
I have drawn the outside of the stamp and will cut it away and then start on the inside of the design.
I made it further into the the interior of the stamp this time but still not good enough!
I made it further into the the interior of the stamp this time but still not good enough!
I am going to start over with a different design now!
I am going to start over with a different design now!
I think this one will turn out nice!  At least its easier!
I think this one will turn out nice! At least its easier!
I have the outside almost finished and now its time to clean up the inside of the stamp.
I have the outside almost finished and now its time to clean up the inside of the stamp.
Almost finished.  I have the outside clean and most of the inside I just need to make sure the curls at the top are exactly the way I want them to be.
Almost finished. I have the outside clean and most of the inside I just need to make sure the curls at the top are exactly the way I want them to be.
I have it all cleaned up now and its pretty perfect!  I can't wait to see what kind of pattern it will make!
I have it all cleaned up now and its pretty perfect! I can’t wait to see what kind of pattern it will make!

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Its almost as I sketched it out.  Could have been a little more narrow at the top but I think it will work nicely.
Its almost as I sketched it out. Could have been a little more narrow at the top but I think it will work nicely.