Saturday, November 6, 2010
art every day month #6: the horror corner surrenders my handmade stamps
Recently, someone in our house had an attack of clutter anxiety while I was out of town. He started with the spice cabinet and the leaky canola oil bottle. After that he forced open the drawer under the stove which had been stuck for two years, liberated everything in it, then did a clean sweep of the pot and pan cabinet so the innards no longer come crashing out when opened. Next came the bakers rack, then the crates of kids' books. But the best thing he took on was the Horror Corner in the kitchen that was once the girls' creative station. It had been on my to-do list for months but it was such an atrocious mess I kept ignoring it, hoping that a secret helper would show up and clean it for me. Now we all know that wishes do come true. And it looks better than I ever could have managed. There's a space and a place for everything now (what's left, that is), and so the kids are creating way more because it's all accessible. No more having to ask where something is. No more fishing for a glue stick and causing an entire stack of paper and scissors and old homework and bubble gum wrappers to tumble out of the layers. And no more excuses not to clean up.
One of the things the Horror Corner yielded was this collection of stamps I made a few years ago, when I first started art journaling. I made one alphabet set, one number set, and a bunch of simple objects and random geometric shapes. Since they had been buried for so long, it was like working with with something totally new. The girls and I pulled out some fresh paper and played around with them this week. I had forgotten how much I LOVE them for textured looks on journal page backgrounds. Plus, there's no way to get a perfect cut, so it helps get past that worry about perfection in the art journal. The result is wonderfully crude and imperfect.
They're very easy to make - all you need is a pack of fun foam door hangers, a bottle of glue and sharp scissors. The sheets of fun foam won't work for this because they are too thin. The door hangers offer just the right thickness. There are dozens of tutorials available on how to make foam stamps, so do a quick google search if you're interested in specific instructions, but really it's just as simple as cutting out random shapes and gluing them onto a flat piece of foam. Let dry for a few hours, and your new tools will be ready. They'll work well on anything papery - I think they'd make fun greeting cards and bookmarks - and they are sturdy enough I think they'd also work with thin layers of paint on canvas or wood. I'm super happy to have these stamps back. Thank you, secret helper.
> More Art Every Day
> Today's NaNoJouMo prompt
> A few people asked how I do my backgrounds
> I made a treasury this morning, inspired by a cast iron bathtub couch (!)
Happy weekend to you!