It is a lot of fun having friends who develop products, especially when they share. Naturally I was thrilled when Pam Carriker asked if I wanted to play with some of her new stamps.
I got to pick the stamps I wanted to use which was a pretty hard decision in and of itself because I like them all. Geez......
I decided to go with these two, which I picked because they fall into a category I call
"the great integrators"
a phrase I use for stamps and stencils that add that little bit of
sumpin' sumpin' to our pieces.
|Thoughts of Courage stamp by Pam Carriker (you can buy it HERE)|
|Sketched Background stamp by Pam Carriker (you can buy it HERE)|
I like both of these stamps quite a bit and know I will be reaching for them again and again because they definitely add a little extra bit of interest to my art.
So, here's what I made......first of all, I picked a substrate and I will admit to a wee bit of cheating on this part cause I have an enormous box of sample boards from classes and such. Things that are already started but need to be finished. I just grabbed one at random.
In this case, it was a small Claybord that had been prepared with collage circles surrounded by carving. Plus Wood Icing texture created with a stencil and also with a palette knife.
I selected my materials - Porfolio Oil Pastels, Derwent Inktense Pencils, and two colors of paint, Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. Plus White of course. I randomly worked a bit of color into the carved and textured areas.
The composition looked a bit spare to me, so I decided to add some collage elements, basically more things in a circle motif, using Wholey paper I got when I was at Random Arts. This stuff is really cool. I glued it down with Regular Gel Medium, underneath and on top of the collage elements.
And then I started painting, mixing the 2 paints together to create nice neutral colors, lots of white. I smeared the white into the Portfolio (that's the green part) and rubbed it with my finger.
With the Inktense pencil, I dipped it straight into my water and 'painted' directly onto the circles at the top, er, that is now the bottom as I flipped the piece, those brown parts.
And finally I used the stamps to add accents with paint and a Staz-On ink pad. Along the bottom, I used Sketched Background with white paint. Then I used Thoughts of Courage around the circle area, wiping away in certain areas so it looked like it was both behind and on top of the composition.
See what I mean? Great Integrators!!!
Well done, Pam.
You can check out all of Pam's stamps HERE.
And, in case you haven't been following along, here are the Blog Hop participants/dates.
Thursday Sept 5th: Seth Apter
Thursday Sept 12th: Traci Bautista
Thursday Sept 19th: Mary Beth Shaw (you are here now)
Thursday Sept 26th:Dina Wakley
Thursday Oct 3rd: Jen Cushman
Thursday Oct 10th: Christen Olivarez