I couldn’t sleep last night. I started thinking about the two tones of yellow ink pads I had just gotten and how I wanted to inaugurate them (way better than counting sheep!). Sun? No, sunflower! I thought about how I could make a layered effect by stamping darker petals in the background and lighter ones over them. Then I thought about size and realized what I had in mind would take up a big chunk of rubber to carve. Then it occurred to me that If I made just a quarter of the petals I could rotate it to create the entire flower. I would do the center separately.
Ultimately, I made the petals a uniform color (Color Box pigment ink, curry). I’m feeling very smug about my frugality and *almost* justified in buying some new ink pads with the money I saved on rubber.
Interesting note: I found out accidentally that if you have pencil lead left on your stamp from carving marks they give a shadowed effect to your image. Obviously this only shows through when using lighter inks, but it could be good to know down the line.
I’m in profound admiration and confusion by orderly studios. I see them all the time on Pinterest or other blogs that show work spaces. I’ve always strived to somehow organize my studio, but for naught. I’ve got piles of magazines and files of cut papers and still more piles of discarded – to be used later – cut-outs. My mess is integral to the way I work. I start to sort things and come across a dress I’d cut out a year ago and it makes me think that maybe a giraffe head might fit nicely on it… and I’m off. Half, if not more, of the “choices” I make are really just a matter of picking from the top of the compost heap, as it were.
I’m sure I’ll continue my failed attempts at organization, being forever seduced by the pictures of clean surfaces and tidy bookshelves I see of other’s, but it’s comforting to realize that my lack of order enhances my creativity.
And the mice will play… or change the potion. I’m feeling bold in sharing this because it is my first shaky attempt at mixing in free-hand drawing and watercolor with the stamps and collage. So, it seems fitting that they should be experimenting in a lab as I am experimenting in my studio. Long way to go, but a fun start.