Carla Sonheim (author of Drawing Lab for the Mixed Media Artist -- support the arts; buy from the author http://www.carlasonheim.com/books/) published a short video tutorial called Crazy Birds. On a whim, in the middle of the night, I gave the exercise a try. Here is what I made. Here is the Crazy Bird Tutorial: http://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/crazy-birds-tutorial/ I liked the bird very much, so I made him into a stamp, following the guidelines in the book Making an Impression, by Geninne Zlatkis (http://blogdelanine.blogspot.com/). In this impression, I colored the image with my colored pencils. I've never thought about coloring on my stamps with large solid areas before, but I am delighted with the gradient and texture. Carving rubber stamps is going to take some practice, but I'm so impressed (ha ha, or should I say lol?) with Geninne's work, that I'm sure I will keep at it.