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Besides using found items to make images on my pages, I like to find inexpensive ways to make my own stamp. I found an idea to use a piece of craft foam from the kids' craft department to make one. I also wanted to make a three page spread this time, so I used some novelty tape to tape an extra dictionary page to the second one. Here's the supplies I gathered: the tape, craft foam, pencil, violet Stazon and a pair of pinking shears.
I cut out a square using the pinking shears to give the square the look of a postage stamp. I drew my image right on the foam, pressing hard enough to etch the foam. Remember to write letters or numbers in reverse, so they print correctly.
I smeared the violet Stazon ink pad on to the foam, then placed the "stamp" on the page face down. I rubbed my hand over the back of the "stamp" to print the images on the page.
I had prepped the background with gesso, but wasn't sure what I wanted to use for color. I grabbed some ink pads from nearby to try an experiment. I also used a new tool I got to apply ink from a stamp pad. (FYI you could use a make-up sponge to apply the ink or a sponge brush, but this tool gives you the leverage you need to press or smear ink on to the page.) The tool was useful, but took a while to apply. So I set it aside, deciding to just smear the other ink pads on to the page. Round pads had a raised sponge surface, so when I smeared it across the gesso, the ink created a nice distressed look, as well as some circular shapes on the page.
I added some stickers, which I covered with glossy gel medium to make sure the stickers stay adhered to the page. I also added a library pocket with a card for a fun place to add a "secret" message. Here are some pictures of the third page closed and then opened out.
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Closed Two Page Spread
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Opened Out Three Page Spread
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"Secret" Pocket Close- Up
Come back next week, and I'll share one last time with  a flip-though of my mostly completed journal. Happy Journaling!
 


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I liked how you used a style very similar to stencil. You made use of a very tricky technique there that required skills. I remember trying this myself before. I attempted to copy a flower print. I ended up blotching half an inch from the supposed lines. It was a mess because I lack the soft hand. Developing skills really required discipline. Thanks for sharing what you know.

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12/11/2016 10:07am

Your artwork is pretty impressive. Keep it up, please. Good luck!

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