We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Friday, 3 October 2014

Draw - Stamp - Wow!

At  last week's Ashtead Club workshop the theme was to create your own stamps. - and I had an amazing lightbulb moment!

Using funky foam, draw anything with a sharp pencil, and this is sufficient to make an impression for a stamp - what a revelation!  I had no idea a sharp pencil would create such an effect!

OK, the stamps will have a short life, but if you want to create a unique background, or have a stamped image look, then for me this is the way to go.  I immediately went out an bought a pack of funky foam (which is very cheap), and started drawing.

I also thought I would try mounting the stamps onto something for ease of use.  I do have a habit of collecting packaging, and it is always a good feeling when your hoarding instincts pay off!!!  I used that thick acetate packaging you get with a lot of craft supplies (e.g. embossing folders).

Here are my first stamps - the green ones I created at the Club workhop.

I cut outside the outer edge lines, so they would show up on the final image

In this photo just the bird is mounted onto acetate with PVA glue.

I wasn't very patient and started using the stamps before the glue dried, so there was a bit of slipping and sliding going on!  First results, using Distress Ink.

The word ART needs a little work, I made it too fussy.  The happy people need a bit more detail, but overall I'm pleased with the initial results.

Think of the possibilities .....
just doing a little dance of joy!!!


  1. WOW Kay your stamps are amazing, I must try the funky foam method now. I just carved erasers for mine.
    Anyway thanks for your comment on my resistors post, one of my hubby's many resistors got left on the desk and I too thought altered art. hehehe.

  2. Brilliant idea - small hitch my art leaves a lot to be desired :) love all your stamps x