Friday, April 17, 2009

Tutorial day!

Okay, I know I know... I'm late. I got back from vacation and just got caught up with unpacking, laundry, emails, and such! So, this is a day late!!! Here's this week's tutorial. It's a favorite technique of mine but not new (maybe it will be NEW-TO-YOU)- Stamping with found objects:

Gather some recycled items such as: paper towel rolls, bubble wrap, caps, corrugated cardboard, and plastic wrap... anything with texture, really. I used Speedball watersoluable inks for this but regular paint works great and a variety of paint types provide a multitude of outcomes.

Squeeze some paint or ink onto an inking plate or other type of surface and use a brayer (or a paint brush OR your own fingers if you don't mind getting down and dirty!) to spread the paint onto the item to be stamped.

Press the item onto your paper or surface with a firm and even pressure... don't wait too long for the ink or paint to dry or it won't work. Repeat as needed or to create different distressed effects.
Another way to use items is to just dab them directly onto the paint or ink and stamp with them to create shapes. Like with this towel roll, I just dab and stamp to create circles.
Here is a visual journal page that I did recently with my "green/recycled items". I used bubble wrap and left over packaging from an overlay to create the bird.
Here is an older layout I did a few years back and still love the effect that the cardboard makes (lines) and the bubble wrap (circles or dots). This one I actually used recycled materials for the entire page... wrapping paper, Starbucks bag and coffee holder, mailbox letters, cardboard boxes, and bits of drywall tape.So have fun with recycled materials and stamping to create texture and shapes on your artwork. This week I have a little RAK of recycled goodness from my stash. Old song sheets, bubblewrap, drywall tape, cardboard coffee holder, and some samples of paint to try this technique with (not pictured)!! Leave a comment on this post by midnight (EST) on Wednesday, April 22nd and I will pick one winner!! BTW... the winner of the last technique RAK of Prima goodness is:
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Email me( your addy and I'll get that right out to you!
Happy creating!!


Smash Attack Ash said...

What awesome techniques! I would never think of these things...

Pamela said...

Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!

Gina said...

Love these effects..can't wait to have a play!! "D

chris a said...

thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win. I always have lots of Starbucks holders and love ways to use them.

Murphy's Law said...

oooooooo very fun. tfs!

Deborah said...

I LOVE the "Patience" and of course, the green/recycled things. It made me think how to use some stuff. You are brilliant, but of course I am not prejudiced!

Unknown said...

Jen that is such an awesome idea hun and your work is gorgeous

Unknown said...

Wow, I love this tutorial :) Thanks so much for sharing, you have a great blog! Marlene