Monday, 6 May 2013

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

The challenge at Art Journal Journey this month is to create an entry in a technique/colour/manner you usually do not use.

The technique I chose was stamping and, to further challenge myself, I would use only subdued colours, not my normal brights.

First, as a trial, I created a few stamps, made from the polystyrene trays you get with some foods.
Left is the plain side and right is the back which often has interesting patterns.
I indented the pattern with an empty biro pen point.







Decided to make a journal page called "Still Life".

Made the stamps.  I coloured them temporarily with blue so you can see the pattern better.



Here's the finished page




and a few close-ups.









I used metallic pencils and a silver pen to add colour.
The wording at the top was done free-hand.
The stamping was on plain black card using stamping pads.
Tissue papers were painted with watercolour paints for the blue background.

27 comments:

  1. First, eat the pizza! Creative designs and superb colouring. I love the subdued tones. Awesome, keep it up!!

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  2. Fabulous work Sheila. You should do more stamping and subtle, it definitely suits you.

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  3. This is so creative & inspiring Sheila! I love your page!
    Alison x

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  4. I've been using those trays to soak postage off the envelope paper and another for cleaning my rubber stamps. But you are so much more clever than I! LOL You say you stamped on black paper. What color ink pad have you used ... white? silver? I must have this information. My Munk brain cannot connect! I LOVE the lettering!... and totally admire your bravery to create outside your comfort zone. Well done my friend!

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  5. Love it!
    You challenged yourself well!
    Groetjes karin

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  6. WOW,Looks georgus,your black stamping its wonderful, i love the flowers on the black paper,its great effect,love it!!!

    Hugs Jeannette

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  7. The stamps are so creative, a great idea and wonderful page!

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  8. just gorgeous! Fab !
    Thank you so much for this great page and sharing your recycled styrofoam stamps with us!

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  9. You challenged yourself very well, I love your stamps, great page!

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  10. This is really fantastic. Must have a try making those stamps, great idea! Valerie

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  11. Brilliant use of foam...your stamps helped make really special pages!!!
    oxo

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  12. This is such fun! I like to make my own stamps and I love the way you've done the plants and the vases/pots as two separate pieces. Nice use of colour, too. A well-met challenge :)

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  13. I've never made my own stamps (and I'm hopeless with ready-made ones). I'm really impressed with this.

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  14. These are all so beautiful, I love what you've created here and the imagination you used to do it!

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  15. I so love your finished page. And the designs you chose to biro onto the polystyrene are fab. I've sometimes used the 'stamp' as an embellishement itself once it's outlived its usefulness/stampability.

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  16. Immediate reaction - atmospheric, moody. But then when I thought a little more, there is a serenity and purity about the muted colours, the shaded blacks, all perfectly offset by the blue background. The muted pink fits in beautifully.

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  17. Love this page! Very cool idea to use those trays! And super colors!

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  18. That looks more than great!!! Everything! But the pots seem to sculptural. Wonderful
    Ciao Beate

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  19. Loved your page of stamps. Have been busy last few days and have just now caught up again with your blog. going from strength to strength. Super work
    Maureen

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  20. You have done a great job by making such wonderful stamps! My favorite is the first one...and I love the dots around them too! I have done my challenge too and will post it soon ;) ♥ Conny
    http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  21. I have never really tried to make my own stamps, but yours look fabulous. Stunning work, Sheila!

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  22. I love the beginning stamps and I love the end result. The blacks, the muted blues and pinks are superb

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  23. All these stamps are so wonderfully made Sheila, love them.
    Anni

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  24. I am SO going to use this stamping technique! I loved how this turned out! Happy AJJ Dxx

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  25. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. Your page is beautiful!

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  26. I have been playing (not posted as yet) with this technique and I am really enjoying the results. Thank you for sharing Dxx

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