Monday, April 30, 2012

Newly Carved Stamp & Repeat Pattern

Today in my studio carving some stamps for some custom orders, I also carved this charming little primitive flower. I decided to create a repeat design pattern using, what else? Large blank index cards. I use these all the time and have for many years, also have used them in book making.

I must admit I adore stamping. The process is so fun coupled with the satisfaction of my finished visual piece, whether I use it or not, I am just happy
to stamp almost any time. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Week 38 of Blog Freebie - Collage Elements

A colorful panel to add to your collection of  free Collage Elements.
I really like this stamped collage clip art. 
Terrific movement and color. There are so many ideas and uses. I hope you enjoy it. Let me hear from you.
Thanks for stopping by.

To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Week 37 of my Blog Freebie


This week's free clip art is a perfect representation of my carefree style of stamping or collage. Actually, everything I do has an unevenness quality to it.  I really just allow myself to be creative without perfection which also enhances the hand feel of the design. This diamond pattern was certainly created with this approach. 

Last week I mentioned that I would create some interesting PhotoShop experiments with that week's (Week 36) free Collage Element, so here you go...
week36 Free Clip Art - altered in PhotoShop
Layered with some florid clip art altered with filters and more. 
Week 36 Free Clip Art- altered lime background
Here layered with a lime background. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week 36 Freebie-Clip Art

Using one of my hand carved stamps and watercolor markers I created this cool colored square floral design. Perfect for borders or backgrounds. I hope you like this one as much as I do.  I am going to play with this in Photoshop and will post some images later for you to see.

To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.
Your welcome  ;)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stamping with Gouache

Hi visitors....Here is a sampling of my work with gouache and of course this process is done are in my art journals.
Art Journaling, gouache
This background was created with gouache, ink and stamped with gouache as well.
Art Journal Gouache
Also some bits of washi tape.
gouache 101 (29)
Here I stamped on dark rich blue Bazzill card stock which is textured. You can see the texture of the card stock.
Stamping with Gouache
Even stamping a detail image like this little door shows up on a dark background.
Next I used a dark olive background with some accents of orange dry brushed on the page, then I stamped with red and a bit of turquoise. 
gouache stamping in art journal
Stamping with gouache on a olive with white polka dot background paper and on top some collaged items on the page. 
art journal, gouache stamping

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter, Week 35 Blog Freebie, Collage Elements

Decorated Eggs for Easter.
Here for your art journals or card crafting are some colorful stamped eggs.
I stamped these and cut them out. When I scanned them I used a velum grid paper over a dictionary text, you may see these faint backgrounds when you enlarge this clip art. You can either cut out the eggs or alter the background in Photoshop such as pouring a paint bucket over the background and see what happens....adjust the opacity when doing this.
Digital or paper collage either way it would be fun to play with these decorated eggs.
I am wishing all you blog visitors a bright, healthy,  and colorful Easter and Passover weekend. 

To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.
Oh, why yes of course, those are my own hand carved stamps
that I used to design this  ;)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Week 34 Blog Giveaway - Stamped Clip Art, A Full Sheet!

Welcome back bloggers, hey, check this out.....
a full sheet with a stamped star burst flower.
This graph pattern on the paper adds the right background.
 And, I love the soft yellow and sage green colors.
So many possibilities...
tear it up and collage with it, 
turn it horizontally and lay it across a journal 
creating the perfect two page spread,
print it on muslin and use in a fabric project, ohh.....that's an idea.
So, have fun. 
thanks for stopping by.



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