Gesso’d Cards Push-Pull with Stencils

April 26, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

I was fortunate this past week to visit with my Mom, and join a fun group of ladies in Sun City Center at their Thursday morning stamping group. During their class, I showed them a fun technique to add texture to backgrounds for their cards. We started out with card stock that had been painted with Gesso. This lets watercolor inks, markers, dye based ink pads etc, wash really nicely, and even be removed, rather than getting sucked into the paper. We used clear Gesso from Liquitex, but clear Gesso from Windsor Newton works fine as well. White Gesso from any company also works great, as does Matte Medium. I find the clear Gesso has a little bit more grit to it, and is easier to use when first starting out. Any of these products will seal the card stock to allow the inks to wash and be removed. However, the white Gesso and Matte Medium have a bit more of a plastic-y finish to them, and you might have a tendency to wipe off too much ink, too quickly.

We wiped out pre-gessoed cardstock with dye based (non waterproof) ink and softened the effect with a baby wipe. Then we used mesh and stencils and cut outs to pull ink from the background and push ink back in. We used some of our backgrounds to stamp images on and then cut them out to layer onto other backgrounds. They came out beautiful- full of texture and interest!

It was a fun class, and I was so happy to be able to join them and play!!

Here is the follow up video I promised:

and here are some samples…

Gesso Push-Pull Background 2

Gesso Push-Pull Background 2

Gesso Push-Pull Background 1

Gesso Push-Pull Background 1

Gesso Push-Pull Background Sample

Gesso Push-Pull Background Sample

Gesso Stamped Images 1

Gesso Stamped Images 1

Gesso Stamped Images 2

Gesso Stamped Images 2

Mom Gesso Background

Mom Gesso Background

Rubber Stamping on Burlap

February 4, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts

Today is my turn to post on the collective project- Cre8iveKlatch. I made a tag using burlap, and decided to experiment with some more ideas using that material. I really like the texture and look of it. Of course, the first thing I wanted to do was stamp on it! I used Golden’s Gel Medium/Molding Paste mixture and coated the burlap first. I experimented stamping with ink, but finally decided that stamping with paint was the way to go. Here’s the video of my experiment- Enjoy!

Rubber Stamping on Burlap

Rubber Stamping on Burlap

 

Carving Stamps- My Technique

January 14, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

Last week I posted about transferring designs to my favorite stamping material, SpeedyCarve by Speedball. If you didn’t catch that post, you can find it here. This week I decided to go ahead and show you a few tips on the actual carving. There are tons of tutorials on carving stamps, so this is just my take on it- some tips especially for carving curved designs.

If you have stamp carving material left over, check out one of my ideas for using it over on Cre8ive Klatch.

Enjoy!

 

Rubber Stamp Carving Rosemal Image

Rubber Stamp Carving Rosemal Image

Carving Stamps- Transfer Your Design from Cutouts

January 8, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

I have been carving up a storm the past few weeks! I was already back into the stamp designing/carving groove when I watched a video by Anne Bagby. Her stamps designs look a lot like the ones I carve/make! Her artwork is gorgeous, and it inspired me to finish up my carving and get back to  working with my stamps. So I will plan to release a few posts about the actual stamp carving process and I then hope to have more projects that are blog post worthy to show in the future :) .

Here is a discussion on what stamp material I like to use for carving and how I transfer my designs to the material. Please note that both of the carving blocks of “rubber” I use are made by Speedball. I particularly like the pink material which is actually called Speedy Carve. In the video, I keep referring to the white material as SpeedyCarve, when in actuality the white material is called SpeedyCut. My apologies and hopefully that will clear up any confusion!

 

Here is a smattering of stamps I have been playing with…

Hand Carved Stamps Sampling

Hand Carved Stamps Sampling

New Rubber Stamps!

September 21, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts

Hello friends! I’ve been having some fun playing with some new designs and finally got a chance to post some of my new Rubber Stamp sets! These work great for ATCs, Cards, Journaling, Scrapbooks, Gelli Art printing, and other Mixed Media work.

Check them out in the Shop!

 

Fern Scroll Rubber Stamps

Fern Scroll Rubber Stamps

ATCs Rubber Stamps

ATCs Rubber Stamps

Woven Frames Rubber Stamps

Woven Frames Rubber Stamps

Map Rubber Stamps

Map Rubber Stamps

Coffee Tea Rubber Stamps

Coffee Tea Rubber Stamps

Rubber Stamping and Masking Fluid

March 6, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

Rubber Stamps and what? I know- it sounds crazy, but I had some Drawing Gum (aka Masking Fluid) laying around and I had never really used it because my drawing skills/watercolor painting skills are still in their infancy. So I thought, as I always do, hmmmmm I wonder if that would work with Rubber Stamps? Turns out, it does! Have a look-see at this video to see the process. I apologize in advance- it cuts off a few times since I was dealing with limited space on the video camera.

Here is the end result:

 

Rubber Stamps with Masking Fluid or Drawing Gum

Rubber Stamps with Masking Fluid or Drawing Gum

Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts

I am so thankful to still have my parents around. They are doing well in their new home, and I got to visit them last week. While there my Mom and I were stamping and I tried to show her a technique, but she didn’t have the suplly I needed. So we improvised, and it worked! I wanted to show her the trick of stamping on tissue paper and then using gel medium or the like to adhere it over patterned paper, so that the paper underneath showed through. My Mom didn;t have much in the way of acrylic mediums, but she had Scotch Glue, the kind that dries clear. I know some folks swear by Elmers for all things creative, so I decided to give it a try, and it worked fine!

I stamped the Turkey in black on white tissue paper. Then I took a piece of card stock that we had printed using the Gelli Arts printing plate, and I painted some glue on top. I laid the stamped tissue down on top, and smoothed it a bit. The glue dried clear and the monoprinted showed through the tissue. Then I watercolored on top, and Voila! Thanksgiving Turkey print!!

Thanks Mom! and thanks Dad for putting up with all the creativity talk ;-).

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Thanksgiving Turkey stamp

Rubber Stamping with Copic White.

March 29, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

This post is a follow up to last weeks post on Rubber Stamping on Window Screening.

I don’t know if you are like me, but I am constantly in search of materials I can stamp with, that will stamp on different surfaces, and will show up well. Usually I am search of  white or black. Given this criteria, I decided to try stamping with copic white ink, and it worked! Special Note: Make sure you clean your stamps immediately and well, and fair warning- this is messy so make sure you are wearing old stamping clothes!! Or what you have on may become your new stamping clothes &#59;)

Enjoy!

PS- here is the link to see how I use felt for stamping with paint and bleach. And now Copic White Ink &#59;)