Wrapping up #aestampweek with a fun look at a couple ways you can use your stamps in mixed media play to create homes for your stories in memory keeping.
I seriously had so much fun playing with watercolors, paints, and a Gelli Plate for today's projects and ended up splitting my video into two separate videos. The first one covers playing with stamps with watercolor and with a Gelli Plate and acrylic paint and the second video is my process for creating a couple scrapbook layouts using things I'd created while I was playing in the first video.
This has been a truly inspiring week for me and I hope you've had fun as well. I will definitely do something like this again in the future!
A few things to keep in mind related to playing with paints + stamps that came to me as I was working on these projects:
- Experimentation = joy. I hope that you can literally hear my enjoyment in the video as I work with the paints + stamps. I'm at a place right now where I'm feeling really into embracing not knowing the outcome with this kind of stuff and letting it be what it is and enjoying it for that.
- I need more shape-based stamps! I learned through experimentation that you can't use text based stamps with a Gelli Plate because they come out backwards.
- YouTube is my friend for learning as I go. So much inspiration and technique tips on there and I'm so happy I can always be learning something new.
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Here's a look at how I played with stamps, watercolors, and acrylic paints today:
PART ONE // THE PLAY
PART TWO // CREATING LAYOUTS
STAMPS + WATERCOLORS
The first thing I played with today was using watercolors with stamps.
I paired the fun graphic stamp from the My Stories Stamp Set with different watercolor colors and stamped them onto watercolor paper. What I learned is that it's all about the amount of water you add to the stamp and whether you want it really watery or more concentrated color. The cool thing with water colors is that you can always add more water directly to the paper if you need to adjust. I let this page dry and then cut out the squares for use on a project below.
Remember, this is all about play! I love the fact that I don't always know how things are going to turn out and that I learn through experimenting.
Here's how I ended up using those pieces in a layout:
After cutting out the watercolor squares I rounded the corners and stamped "this is so you" from the You Story Stamp on top.
In the bottom right corner I added a bunch of plastic stars using a Tiny Attacher stapler. When I cut off the edges of the plastic stars I used the cut off pieces both in that right corner and along the outside edge of my photo.
To finish off the page I added an "A'' for Anna alpha sticker and I stamped the date on top of the photo.
- Watercolor Spiral Paper Pad
- Watercolor Paints
- My Stories Stamp
- Round Stamp Block
- 1/2 Corner Rounder
- You Story Stamp
- Precision Pen
- Gold Mirrored Stars
- Plastic Stars
- Tiny Attacher Stapler
- Small White Alpha Sticker
- Rolling Date Stamp
- StazOn Black Ink
STAMPS + GELLI PLATE + ACRYLIC PAINT
I am super new to the world of printing with Gelli Plates. Laura Wonsik was the first to tell me I needed to get one once I was expressing interest in playing with art journaling again. After I collected my supplies I learned a bit from Mou Saha in the Get Messy membership classroom and then today I watched a couple more videos on You Tube this morning. I also highly recommend checking out Julie Fei-Fan Balzer if you enjoy this kind of play.
I could seriously play with this stuff for hours.
The very basic technique I'm using here entails rolling paint onto a Gelli Plate, stamping into the paint, and then laying a piece of paper on top and pulling it up to reveal a "print" on the paper. Check out the video above to see this process in action.
My goal here was to create some backgrounds that could be paired with photos or a photo for another scrapbook page.
Ah, colors and textures and layers. Seriously just love.
Here's a look at how I used one of those backgrounds as a home for my story:
I paired the mixed media background with a 6x8 photo. On top of the Gelli Plate print I added "just this" using the Sans Serif Alpha set (we found a few more of these in the warehouse and put them in the shop).
I typed out my journaling on the computer and then cut it into strips before adhering it on my custom background. I added an asterisk stamp (from the large December Daily® Number Stamp offered last year) to both sides of the title and to the far right edge of my photo.