My stamps for my Art Journal

I thought I would share my results, and add a little info about the stamps.  I will do more on this possibly tomorrow.

This is the first page I made. I’ve finished it and done the writing – OMG that was a worry.  It’s not perfect but it turned out OK. I really like the lettering in the swirls.

Not the best writing but not so horrid I want to burn the whole thing LOL!

As my desk was the most horrific mess anyway I figured I’d do another page before cleaning up. Here they are, side by side.  I could have done better with my stamped letter placement but live and learn.  It’s a process:

I made the stamps for that page – the checkerboard and the circle block.  All made with sticky-backed fun foam.  The checkerboard was because I wanted a bigger version of the tiny one I had.  I just cut some squares of fun foam and used my cutting mat (which is gridded in 1 cm squares) to line them up.

When I had a pile I peeled off the back and stuck them to some old clear packaging. I didn’t do a full square as I wanted it to look a bit more random.

The thing I like about using the clear plastic packaging is then stamp is them flexible and you can stamp just a bit of it, letting the edges fade away.  I say Dyan Reaveley (of Art From the Heart, and creator of Dylusions) do that in a CHA video, I think, a while back and it stuck with me.

But I did something interesting with them – I wiped the surface with a baby wipe then coloured the foam with the Neocolor water-soluble wax crayons.

You can stamp just like that for a fairly sketchy look or brush it lightly with a water pen for a smoother stamped image:

The stamps are fairly hardy, but I wouldn’t submerge them to wash – they stood up to brisk wiping with a baby wipe to clean them and while the foam colours it doesn’t transfer to the next thing. You can actually draw on the foam with the crayons for a pretty cool effect. But this is long anyway so I’ll try to take some decent photos and share a couple of interesting things tomorrow.

I’m also enjoying re-visiting my drawers of quirky stamps – the falling lady is a pretty good depiction of how I feel about the whole Art Journal thing.