If someone says they carve seals, look at their hands.
Are you right or left handed? It wouldn’t have mattered in old China.
Today I accidentally came across an old video on YouTube about Japanese seals.
Do these Japanese seals look similar? Can you tell by looking whether they are made by the same artist or by several?
Seal stones will sometimes come decorated on their sides with shallow relief carving.
Here are some seals with Buddhist imagery.
Someone recently sent information about a small Chinese seal made from carnelian “found lying on open ground in the bush in Dar es Salaam (East Africa) in 1948 and may well have been lying there for many years.”
Most carvers will sign their name on the side of a finished seal. Depending on the color of the stone you may want to fill in these lines with paint.
The Chinese phrase shudaoyongshifanghenshao 書到用時方恨少 can be translated into English as “It’s when you are using what you’ve learned from books that you wish you had read more books.”
Try using some red and white paint—gouache works well for this as it dries quickly and is water soluble—to experiment with seal modifications.
Store your seal ink in a non-porous container.
Seal ink can be purchased in several formats.