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For A Sweet Young Lady

A beeswax collage done for the 18th birthday of an acquaintance. I’m more than pleased with the result.

Stamp Carving: Leaf

Yesterday (or rather, the day before yesterday, as I’m sure any moment I’ll see the tinges of daylight) I had the privilege of watching Samantha Kira’s tuesday vlog. This week, she focused on stamp carving, by request of one of her fans. It really got me inspired. I was supposed to meet up with a friend for artistic stuff tonight, but I completely flaked out and forgot AND left my phone downstairs. Thankfully, we didn’t have a specific time set even, just a general plan. And we’ve known each other long enough not to be offended. However, I was still bummed that I missed out, because I’ve been wanting to do art, but rather unmotivated beyond very basic background prep.  So (after being lazy for a few more hours) I plunked myself down, and decided I was doing a stamp.

Unlike miss Samantha Kira, I don’t have that cool rubber stuff. Nor did I buy the rubber erasers at the dollar store (this time…). What I have is this odd cork looking stuff. My carving did not go so smoothly as hers. And I still made mistakes (especially since I was  free-handing it and kinda changed things as I went). Nonetheless, here is the end result.

Yes. that is an envelope I tested it on. To be specific, an unopened envelope containing the pay stubs I never look at until months later due to the modern marvels of direct deposit and online banking. It was the nearest thing I had handy.

Also, I worked on a journal page, which is nearly done. I will post that later/tomorrow.

Linoleum Carving: Antique Key Stamp

Since I first gained an interest in stamps nearly a year ago, I’ve been interested in ways to make my own.  I’ve tried a few different things, none of which have been totally satisfying, and spent a fortune I shouldn’t have (as a result, I’m now paying off the credit card I used for groceries and gas…). Anyhow, my younger brother is taking art with my old not-so-beloved high school art teacher, and he mentioned they were doing linoleum carving. I never got to do that, and I suffered through both intro classes AND Advanced Placement art with her! I was interested in trying, and was asking him about it, and asked if he’d relay my questions about the best place to procure supplies (as a frequent visitor to art supply stores, I’d not yet seen the “linoleum” section). Sadly, he returned home with her answer. Catalogue. Figures.

Yesterday, after a failed expedition to a local stamp shop having a weekly craft night (I WILL figure out where this place is and join in. I am determined!) I stopped at Michaels so I could at least make the trip productive. I picked up a few colors of distress inks I was looking at (Dusty Concord, Antique Linen, and Weathered Wood) and of course, proceeded to poke around. Towards the end of the visit, I was in the drawing section, and lo and behold, a linoleum carving starter set, at a price I could afford! However, since I was getting the ink pads, I decided to tuck it in my memory for my next trip. It makes me feel slightly less guilty if I stay in the 20$ or less range per each trip, even if my trips are far too frequent.

Turns out, its a good thing I did! I got home, and my brother had a couple paperback sized cuts of linoleum and a speedball cutting tool for me to play with. Apparently, he helped out the teacher with something and she let him take some supplies home. Isn’t that sweet of him to think of me? I was very pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure if the tool is a loan or permanent, but I will get some use out of it while I can!

lino-keylino-print-key1I searched on linoleum cutting, but I didn’t find any useful carving techniques or even how to cut it into smaller pieces. Oh well. I just did what seemed right. Here’s my first attempt, an antique key. A mistake there, and then the attempt to hide it probably didn’t help either, but overall, I like it.  A bit big to use on an ATC, but it would fit nicely on a art journal page, or in an altered book, or something of that sort. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to print with it. I probably need to mount it on wood, or get a stamp press. We’ll see.

ATC: Secret Garden

Ugh! My art fought back! Yet another exercise in failure, haha. I am coming to realize that my art (or at least my muse) is most definitely not docile. It fights tooth and nail, and it has some pretty sharp teeth. But in the end, I beat it into submission. Or at least– into some sort of compromise.

When I saw the Secret Garden challenge on the Thank God It’s Friday website, I knew I had to enter. I’d just finished reading the original book by Francis Hodges Burnett for the first time, and it is easily one of my favorites now. Read it, if you never have.  (It can be found online at the Literature Network). It is soooo good. I spent a few days thinking on what I should do (a bunch of greenery seemed too easy, and not very meaningful.) Late last night, as I was drifting to sleep, the idea began to form and solidify. Instead of the flourishing happy garden of the middle and end of the book, I would depict the garden as it was when Mary first found it– wild and full of old, seemingly dead plants, but deep in the rich earth, full of potential and the magic her imagination would bring about.

Tonight, I went back, checked the specifications to be sure there weren’t any size requirements and– egads! it requires stamps! Ironically, this was one of my few artistic ideas that didn’t use stamps. I tried to make them fit, but it was turning out terrible. Most of the original stamping has been washed out, but the blurry colors in the background used to be stamped (and incedentally, used to be other colors, in some cases. That pink there was originally a color called “tea dye.”) I decided to just go ahead with my original plan, justifying it with the fact that the stamps are there, even if almost entirely washed out. However, in the end, I used the word stamp, and two other stamps in the final outcome, so there! It qualifies! I’m not 100% happy with it, but I’m willing to call truce.

Interestingly, the back might possibly look better than the front. Sadly, as bad as this is in person, it scanned 10 times worse, in part because gold thread doesn’t look gold on a scanner.


“There’s lots o’ dead wood as ought to be cut out,” he said. “An’ there’s a lot o’ old wood, but it made some new last year. This here’s a new bit,” and he touched a shoot which looked brownish green instead of hard, dry gray. Mary touched it herself in an eager, reverent way.

“That one?” she said. “Is that one quite alive quite?”

Dickon curved his wide smiling mouth.

“It’s as wick as you or me,” he said;

—-The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

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Art Journal: The Written Word Challenge


My entry for Mixed-Media Monday’s challenge, The Written Word. This is nothing like what I envisioned. I was going to take pictures and make another tutorial, but it started going south at the beginning. If I made a tutorial from this, you would be extremely lost from all the replanning and repurposing and experimentation, haha. I’m fairly happy with the end result, but not so sure about the feather. Funny thing is that’s one of the few things that was part of my  original plan. Quote is from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. It kinda looks like my art supplies had a party, but I think thats appropriate for a Lewis Carroll quote, even if that wasn’t what I intended.

Materials used: book page, lined paper, tissue paper, watercolor, stamps, ink, prismacolor markers

My Uninformed Artistic Interpretation of Tuscany

tuscany-atc-real-sizeI had a request for an ATC from a person that liked European themes, such as Tuscany. I think that’s awesome, but I’ve never been to Europe, so its hard to really do it right. I looked at some pictures, and came up with this. She also preferred no collage elements, and lately, that’s a challenge for me. I might end up doing another more suitable for her, but I’m pleased with this one.

Materials used: Cardstock, Watercolor, pencil sketching, stamps, and ink.

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