Creating your own stamps

Quite some time ago I created these two little books celebrating my daughters’ first year.

Inside of Izzy's accordian book side 2

KJ's book inside

Hand-carved stamps

Making an accordian book

Since then, I have explored playing with stamps in various ways.

It can be anything you want it to be

It can be anything you want it to be

But I have discovered that one thing I really like to do is make a print with the stamp and then paint over it. This is an example where I have painted over a few, but haven’t finished them all so you can see what they were like before I got out the paint brush. Incidentally these are a stylized version of phlox flowers which we had in our garden last spring. I fell in love with their colour and shape and had to do something with them.

phlox experiments

phlox sketch

I have since played a little bit more, which anyone near my social media feeds last weekend will be able to attest too.

stamp montage

I even painted this little one tonight.

elephant chain

You can see the plain stamped version of the elephants in the photo above. My youngest, as always chose pink.

So why am I choosing this particular artform to babble on about?

Because I’m presenting a workshop! If you would like to have a go at making your own stamps, I will be at the Unley Town Hall, Oxford Terrace, Unley on Sunday 29 October, 2 – 4.30pm. Basic materials supplied and we are going to have a little fun 😀 Cost $10, to be paid on booking, bookings essential, phone Unley Libraries on 8372 5100 or visit the Libraries – Unley Civic Library, 181 Unley Road, Unley or Goodwood Library, 101 Goodwood Road, Goodwood – to book and pay.

And because I played with paint, I’m submitting this to the wonderful group at Paint Party Friday. I recommend all arty enthusiasts have a wander over there and check out the whole variety of talents in the group.

And now I am all sleepy. It has been a long day with several more to come.

Art always! And thanks for reading 😀

Best wishes,