I love stamping but was feeling like I wanted to take it a bit further. I took an online workshop with Christy Tomlinson and have been putting what I learned to heart. I’ve wanted something a bit bigger than what I usually create with cards. I also wanted something a little more permanent. So much of what I stamp gets set aside, put in a drawer or even sent away through mail. I wanted something that combined the wild abandonment of what I had learned – paint, paper, ink, fabric – but contained some of the images I had already created.
This is one of the first pieces. I just love it. It has both the collage looking background where anything goes plus one of my images which is a much more controlled drawing.
I’ve purchased a bunch of 12 x 12 canvas boards (as opposed to the stretched canvases) and I really like them a lot better. I like working on a more solid surface plus when I stamp it doesn’t sink in the middle. :) For The Perfect Frog canvas (above) I used all sorts of stuff in the background plus added some real ribbon (around her dress) and some paper flowers. I also was able to use some buttons from my mom’s button jar – I recolored them with Alcohol inks.
Here’s another one…
This one was fun because I don’t know about you but I get a lot of catalogs in the mail. I get one that I really like from Hancocks of Paducah and it’s all these little pictures of fabric. I cut out all the little flags from the little square pictures. For Cupcake the dog’s hat, it’s a little bit hard to tell, but for the top I crumpled up strips of book paper and decoupaged them down. While it was still wet I sprinkled in some glitter.
I don’t know where this will take me, but when I’m out in the garage waiting for stamps to cook I have fun creating these. They give me the outlet I’ve been looking for and leave me feeling so energized thinking about what I’m going to create next!
Stay tuned for more. Oh, and next Friday I’ll be revealing the next month of Sugarplums. It’ll be a group of 3 blocks – wahoo!