Monday, April 23, 2012

inspiration monday


 sometimes inspiration is as close as finding your favorite stripey-roofed house
and little heart hand-carved stamps in your craft drawer.  but what do you do when
you discover that your favorite yellow stamp pad has completely dried out?
with just a few supplies, you can create your own custom "ink pad".....here's how:





place a small piece of craft felt onto a protective surface (i'm using a plastic paint palette, 
but you can put your felt onto a piece of waxed paper, freezer paper, plastic mat, etc.).  
now, using a craft knife, scrape the side of a stick of chalk pastel onto your piece of felt 
until you have a nice little pile. 






with an inexpensive paintbrush,  add a nice dollop of fluid matte medium into 
your pastel shavings.....you can also add a drop of water to help mix it together.







once you have your new "stamp pad" made, it's time to get on with the stamping! 
if there's a portion of your stamp that you want to block out,  just place
a piece of tape over the area that you want to mask......






then, just press your stamp onto your colored felt......







and then carefully remove the tape from your inked stamp.






now just press your inked stamp onto your paper.

(important:  since the matte medium is acrylic, make sure to clean your
stamp right away.....you don't want it to dry on your stamp!)







you can mix all kinds of custom colors, and add other stamped images to 
your paper.......






and by the time you add some lettering and all your favorite little details,
you have a fun journal page that was actually inspired by
your favorite stamps and a dried-out stamp pad!

p.s.  and since the matte medium is 100% acrylic, it makes the chalk pastel
permanent, so there's no smudging!  woo hoo!


{this was created in my strathmore visual art journal using hand-carved stamps,
craft felt, chalk pastels, craft knife, paint palette, fluid matte medium
micron pens, 2B graphite pencil, watercolor pencils, waterbrush}






35 comments:

wv said...

there is no place like home, indeed!
xXx

teri said...

I always look forward to your inspiration Monday ideas. This is wonderful!

Linda Kittmer said...

Thanks Lori. I love your work and look forward to Monday's posts.

Jeanette said...

Lori, Your inspiration and cleverness is unending! Love the technique, who'd a thunk?!? And, yes, there is NO place like home. Hope your week is delightful, filled with love, chocolate and homey-goodness. xoox, Jeanette

marie said...

Love Inspiration Monday! You make it look so simple...even for us drawing & painting challenged people.
Thanks!

Julie S. said...

Marie said it perfectly. Fabulous. Happy Monday!

Sandi said...

great technique, I love the science of the art. thanks so much for sharing, hugs

Mayra Mancebo said...

I love that you've done,
you are creative and resourceful ... You teach that art, creation, design,is not to make a very big work ... You have a great imagination and make things interesting and creatives.
Crongratulation!!!

mama bleu said...

love this!!

Jody Meese said...

Fabulous idea! I never seem to have the right color stamp pad on hand, and this is a great solution. Thank you!

Createology said...

My sentiments exactly. Your inspiration is contagious. Brilliant use of chalk and gel medium for stamping. Blissful week ahead...

Christine said...

So very clever, I just love your work!

Jessie May said...

I never tire of being amazed by your talent and inspiration!! Enjoy your week x

Tammie Lee said...

oh, thank you for sharing another wonderful technique!! your piece is wonderful too.

Jean M. said...

Precious...love it:)

Vicki Holdwick said...

Fabulous, and such a cute page,

xoxo

Margaret said...

Lovely, thanks for the inkpad tip :o)

Margaret xx

Chel said...

Oh my goodness, you JUST helped me figure out how to use all these PanPastels that I *had* to have but haven't used much (I'm not a big fan of smudge!) Thank you, thank you!!!!

Diana Shearer said...

I love this! So adorable!!!

joojoo said...

u don't know how amazing you are!! :) thank you!

Claire M said...

you are so amagingly creative!! Love to see what your sparks create!

Cristina said...

How fun!! Thanks for sharing!

Diane said...

You really are a clever cookie. I love being inspired by you.

Lynette (NZ) said...

Love this - so sweet. Look forward to your monday posts :-)

Janine said...

great idea, for me the qoute "home is where the heart is" comes in mind ☺ greetjings from Janine

April Cole said...

Absolutely WONDERFUL idea... thank you for sharing! :]
The little house carving you made, super sweet. (sigh)
Always enjoy my visits here!

Melissa @ Sweet As Texas Honey said...

You are sooo stinking creative! I really look forward to Monday's thanks to you!

rachel awes said...

+ there's no place like
elvie studio.
YellowMagicLove.
xox

Marleen Derweduwen said...

jou are so creative; thanks

Caryn said...

Thanks for sharing this, I'll have to give it a go.

Lisa Graham Art said...

I had a friend tell me about stamp making...she made large ones for cards. I like you little stamp and it never occurred to me to make a smaller one. This is a great tutorial...thank you!!!

Marianne said...

Wow! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing it.

Barbara Hagerty said...

This is genius! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

TINe said...

OMG this tutorial is amazing
I'm new to rubber stamping and stamp carving so that such tutorials are essentials for me!
Thank you very much and complments, your works are great

Cyann said...

Cool tutorial! Can the ink pad be kept for future use or will it dry up quickly?

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