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.