Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Making a Dala horse stamp

Last week I had a lot of fun making a Dala horse stamp for "Dala horse craft-a-long", a cute idea of four talented bloggers (Carina, Hanna, Pam and Kathryn).
You can join, if you want. This game has simple rules: make by hands an object related to Dala horses, photograph it and upload the photo in the dedicated Flickr group.

As I read about this idea, I wanted to join, of course.
I like the idea of working intensively around a subject and to do that with a lot of people in the world. Amazing!
But I haven't a lot of craft material here in my new house (no fabric, no embroidery thread, no watercolors...), so I decided to handcarve a stamp.

I took some photos of the process...

... and I tested it in my moleskine journal, as usual!

I like it! :)
I decided to embellish my horse with a simple geometric decoration, probably really far for the traditional patterns used in Sweden (if you are interested, read Hanna's posts about where Dala horses are made and about the traditional painting tecnique).
I used a sheet of Adigraf: it's simple to carve, but I'm not fully satisfied by this material (it's too thin and soft, in my opinion).
Probably I'll fix my stamp on a wood board, like I did with my two stamps of the little prince. I think this is an important trick when you work with Adigraf; the print on the paper comes out better.

I hope this post gave you some inspiration to join this game and realize your Dala horse! And if you are not a crafty-person, well, you can read all the posts about this topic written by Carina, Hanna, Pam and Kathryn. Don't miss them!


  1. Oh Madame, it's beautiful! SO fun that you joined in and made a horse. I hope you can color it in once you get your watercolours or colored pencils back with you! I haven't seen that material, thanks for talking a bit about it too.

  2. Oh my goodness this is so frickin' cute!

  3. i love your stamps! and this came out really well - i want one too but i'm not that good with carving stamps <.<
    well done - now i must go read those blogs :)))

  4. Pure amazingness - love it! :-)

  5. Meee tooo - what Carina said! And i will add - brilliant!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the Dala fun! You are so right, it is a wonderful experience to be able to share crafting with friends all over the world.

  6. I am SO not surprised to see Gingerbread Snowflakes in your reading list <3 This little stamp is beautiful. Got to try and make my own, everybody should have a dala horse, right? I googled "watercolor dala" after reading one of her posts, landed here and saw her in your list. Fate! :)


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