Friday, August 31, 2012

Stamp Carving + Small Flower


Recently I was carving some small stamps for a gift for by daughter's friend. So that presented an opportunity to carve a few small flowers for myself.  Using small flower stamped images all over my journals is something I find myself doing a lot.  The flowers fill in backgrounds easily and add texture. They can float in the sky or create a border and of course, there are many more ideas to use small stamped flowers.
So, as I started to carve this particular flower I initially thought it would have two sets of petals on four opposing sides of the flower center. 
stamp carving small flowers 
To start I simply carved out the flower on a small piece of rubber with one pass of the gouge. When I went to check out the first carving by stamping it I loved the silhouette imagery. So, I decided to use this opportunity to stamp with it before I went any further. I grab one of my art journals and open to a blank page with some red dye ink I stamp the flower repeatedly very closely together to make a 'filled in' area. 
stamp carving small flowers
stamp carving small flowers
Nice. 
stamp carving small flowers

So, I tried a flower toss as well. 
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From there I also stamped the same thing in purple on an old child's book page, I knew I could use this later in a collage.  
stamp carving small flowers
As I looked at the eight petal flower I didn't think I liked the petals so much, so I took a chance and very carefully carved an extra petal in between each pair of petals and then proceeded to carve away the remaining exterior of the rubber. 
stamp carving small flowers
It created a whole new style, shape and movement of the flower.  Now, this looks more like the perfect playful flower to use in my journals. 
stamp carving small flowers
Btw....I carved two.
Stamp carving small flower (4)
 More flowers are better than one. 
Two small flower stamps
Stamp carving small flower (3)
They are the perfect size to mount them on wine corks. 
These are going to be fantastic additions to my stamp collection and I am absolutely sure they will be well used and loved. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Blog Freebie Clip-Art a full year - Thank You

Well Bloggers, it has been a full year here of free blog clip-art created from my own hand carved stamps. I really appreciate ALL of my followers and also you lovely darlings who leave me such nice comments. It means so much to me to know that you guys are out there checking in with me and my creative endeavors and cheering me on.  So, on this final day of a year's worth of these awesome hand created clip-art freebies for you to use in your collage and paper creations, I sincerely want to say thank you with this hand stamped image. I love the summery water colors and wanted to share this with you.
I hope you enjoy the last few days of summer and I happily anticipate the next (fourth) year of blogging. 
Thank you again to each and every one of you.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Art Journal Pages



Random art journal pages. Yes lots of designers gouache, my own hand carved stamps along with inks.

I didn't have much to write about here and didn't want to give my attention to the little mind monkeys so I just wrote "Paint & Color, that is all I need to think about right now" and it worked. 



This page spread is from the stamps I carved for a gift...see the post here


The little Eiffel tower stamp turned out so cute. Above is my original sketch then I drew a smaller version to use for the carved the stamp,
 









Friday, August 17, 2012

Blog Freebie Collage Element, Almost a Full Year, Week 51


*To download simply click on the image and then right click the image to save.
My heartfelt thanks to my followers and all you other dear people who check in with my blog regularly.
This is the second to last Collage Element I will be giving away. So be sure to add this one to your collection of my free hand crafted clip-art. Using my own hand carved stamps I make all kinds of fun papery things, so why not share? So you can make all kinds of fun papery things.
Speaking of sharing I wanted to share with you an artist Gallery I discovered in Maine while vacationing there last week. There are many there but I only had the chance to visit one, owned by artist Kimber Lee Clark just north of Camden named Saturday Cove. See it here  and while at their site check out their collections of paintings under the artist drop down menu. Clark's paintings are bright and playful that represent a quintessential Maine coastline. You can also see some of her paintings on my Art Board on Pintrest
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy these last few days of summer. 



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Free Collage Elements, Week 50


Well hello there followers, here we are with week 50 of my free collage elements, I created with my hand carved stamps. Here are some primitive bold flowers on painted text and stitched onto a pink background.
I love the colors and the stitching in black. I hope you enjoy using this in your own personal collages and journals. Thanks for stopping by.

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