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Old 01-03-2008, 10:28 AM
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January mixed media forum challenge

Anyone up for a new challenge?

I'm not much of a stamper, but every once in awhile, I'll cut a shape out of foam, or find a piece of textured something-or-other that appeals to me, and then I can't resist.

Here's a piece I made awhile back that uses stamping and overstamping, which is just a fancy way of saying "stamp on top of where you already stamped with a different color or medium":



Here’s a really easy way to make a layered background. I made a couple of simple texture and pattern stamps, and used a set of Jacquard acrylic paints in rich autumn colors. I'm not suggesting that anyone has to follow my directions, but I've included them here in case you want them. Anyone want to try a little low-tech stamping? No special stamps or ink required...just use what you've already got around the studio. For me, it happened to be acrylic paints!

String block stamp:
Wrap hemp or regular household string around a sturdy piece of cardboard. Use double stick tape to arrange the string into wavy patterns if desired.


Heat-carved foam stamp:
I used a flat piece of foam and melted a pattern into it with my soldering iron. Do this outside…it stinks!


Stamping a background:

1. Paint the background a solid medium color (I used metallic rust).
2. Stamp with the string block in a highlight color (burnt orange).
3. Stamp with the etched foam stamp (super copper and burgundy).
4. Stamp again with the string block (grape).
5. Repeat any of the above steps desired, varying the colors used.
6. Write a quote using a Faber-Castell Pitt pen (brush style).
7. Stamp with permanent black ink in a crackle pattern. If you don’t have a crackle stamp, try crinkled plastic wrap.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:32 PM
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Re: January mixed media forum challenge

Hey Cyndi-!

Since we've got a whole month in front of us for what "seems" like an easy challenge, ( what do I know,eh?)

I'm in!!

Cheers!

Chris/WildGoose

( but since I'm a "justunderthewire" type, con't expect it tooooooo soon )!
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:37 PM
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Hey Chris, no pressure...at least not from me LOL! I'm glad you want to play
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:23 PM
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Re: January mixed media forum challenge

Wow Cyndi, what a fun way to make a stamp. I am definitely in the challenge.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:45 PM
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Those are only two possible suggestions! Just about anything that catches your eye could become a stamp
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Re: January mixed media forum challenge

I'd like to play too,but won't be able to start right away.
Will be looking at textured objects in a whole new light!
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Hi Cyndi!

Thanks for the ideas to use for stamping. This is gonna be a lot of fun, I am in! Still what are the rules, so to speak, for this challenge (if any)?, aside from having fun? Does the piece have to only contain stamping or can I collage things as well? (Sorry, it is my first MM Challenge).
Do we post our works in this thread?

Look forward to this one!

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Old 01-04-2008, 08:01 AM
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Re: January mixed media forum challenge

Irina, I'll let Cyndi answer your question, but mostly it is to have fun and learn these techniques Cyndi has to offer.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:57 AM
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Hi Irina! Mary is totally right...there are no rules. You can use anything you want as a stamp, you can use any media, any theme, etc etc. The idea is just to introduce a different technique or theme each month and have fun with it! You can post what you make right here in this thread, and at the end of the month I'll gather them all up and post them side by side in a "results" thread. No contest, just fun
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Cyndi:
Count me in. This should be fun and a great learning experience!!!
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:10 PM
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Fabulous, Bert! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. BTW, I'll bet there's a way to combine stamping with scratchboard...
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Cyndi:
That's something I'll have to think about...ha, ha...just thought of something in that direction.... scratch!!
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:08 PM
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Re: January mixed media forum challenge

Don't think this works as well as I'd hoped....but "it's a try"!...
6 1/2 x 7" Stamping, acrylics, ink and Golden Molding Paste on matboard.
I thought of getting some scratchboard into it, but that wasn't working.
I can learn from you Cyndi!!!!!!!! Yours looks terrific!
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Re: January mixed media forum challenge

Maybe you're trying to be too precise with your stamps, Bert? Instead of stamping the cats with pigment, how about spreading out the molding paste and stamping them into it, just making them into a texture? Then maybe paint over it all, allowing the paints or inks to puddle in the stamps? Just thinking aloud here...I don't know exactly what you wanted to achieve and why you're not satisfied with it.

What would happen if you painted right over it with glazes of acrylics? Would the cat images run or are they permanent?
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Re: January mixed media forum challenge

Thanks, Cyndi, this is great. You can make potato stamps too, carrots make an interesting stamp, especially those big split ones, also cut a cabbage in half or quarters for a lovely wavy pattern. The other thing you can use is that draft excluder, the foam strips with a sticky back, they can be coaxed into nice patterns on a piece of cardboard.

I'll play sometime this month. Not today, going to be 40C and I will be firmly indoors under the aircon!
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