Creative Squad

Whole Lotta Love – Jennifer Gallagher

Hello from the Creative Squad! Today we have a post from Jennifer Gallagher that is definitely from the heart :) She is using my Large Hex rubber stamp set and this month’s theme: Whole Lotta Love – Who or what sets your heart aflutter this time of year? Let’s pay tribute this month to those warm fuzzy feelings of love and create something that celebrates that universal emotion.


This month we are feelin’ the love with a “Whole Lotta Love.” As soon as I read the prompt for this month, I got super sappy with an art journal page dedicated to my sweet husband. It is the time of year where we celebrate those that we love and show our appreciation for them. This page does just that. Let’s get started.

I am working in my Dina Wakley Media journal on one of the cotton rag pages. Before starting, I applied two coats of clear gesso to this page to prepare the surface. Once the gesso was dry, I chose a few colors of Marabu Art Spray and got to work. First I applied Cherry Red and then Aubergine. I protected the top and bottom of the page with some scrap paper to concentrate the color through the center of the page.

To encourage mixing and movement, I applied a small sprtiz of water into the art sprays.

I dabbed up any excess moisture and then applied Marabu Art spray in silver.

Then, over a towel I keep for art project clean-up, I tipped the book up and let the art spray trickle down the page until a good bit of the moisture was on the towel. Then I tipped the book the opposite direction to allow drips at the top of the page.

As soon as I finished letting it drip, I took a baby wipe and wiped the top and bottom of the page until it was pretty close to white again. I am not scrubbing hard or looking for perfectly white background areas. I just want to get a lot of the color off the top and bottom section. We are left with a far more organic looking page.

Using a stamp platform, I stamped Nat’s large Diamond Hex Positive and Negative stamps onto deli paper with black archival ink. I ended up only using the positive images.

Next, I went back to the completely dry background with a Marabu Art Crayon in Aqua Green and applied a little color here and there. Art crayons are soft enough to spread with your finger.

I cut out two of the positive stamped images and figured out where I wanted to place them. These images represent my husband and I.

Once I settled on the placement, I applied them to the background with matte medium.

Using a Sakura Black Gelly Roll pen, I connected the shapes with lines and carried it around the page.

I chose a sentiment from a set of Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers and applied it to the page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it a source of inspiration for your own art journal. Stamping on deli paper is a fun technique that you should try at home. Being inspired by love has reminded me how much I love sharing my ideas and processes with all of you. Thank you for stopping by.


Thank you Jennifer! Awww that definitely warms our hearts and makes us want to do our own little tributes in our art journals :)

Give it a try: you can find all my Rubber Stamps in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies Jennifer used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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Energy In Stress Out – Art Journal

“Cities make me breathe energy in and stress out… yes… told you I am weird.”

I used the “stamp kissing” technique for this page – I inked up a solid stamp and then pressed (kissed) the detailed stamp into the solid stamp to remove the ink. Then I stamped the solid stamp and you can see the design in there – pretty fun technique to play with. And I love the carbon paper effect.

I used my Solid Hex Large stamp and some of my Stroll Through the Hood 1 and 2 stamps.

The effect can be subtle or bold with how the detailed stamp shows. I think here it lends itself to a gritty city feel.

I finished off the page with some acrylic paint splatters for a little color, and did my journaling with a fude pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Ultimately – Art Journal

“Ultimately all the puzzle pieces fell together… they always do!”

I used the stamp kissing technique with this art journal spread – inking up my Solid Hex Small stamp, then pressing a patterned stamp (here my Grannies, Star Fish, and Blocks stamps) into it to remove ink, and then stamping the hex onto my paper. It’s a great way to use solid and patterned or textured stamps together.

Oh look who showed up to give his kitty inspection? Pretzel always likes to get involved in the studio lol

I tiled up a pattern using plain Solid Hex Small stamps with teal ink and then went back into some with the stamp kissing in black ink.

I love that the stamp kissing gives a bit of grungy effect – almost looks like static on an old black and white tv or an old pixelated photocopy.

To finish it off I did my journaling with Winsor Newton fine liners.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

And I hope you join me on Wednesday October 16th at 3pm EST for a Kaffeeklatsch chat on Facebook! I’ll be broadcasting live from my new studio and catching up with you on everything that’s been going on around here :) Stop by and say Hello!!!

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Aging – Art Journal

“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been” David Bowie

This spread was tons of fun. I used dye spray paints on the left to stamp with my Far Out Stamp, then I used the Large and small Hex Rubber stamps with an inkpad to create a pattern. The area that is painted in acrylic and green was over stamped with white ink and the Far Out stamp- it is very subtle but I like the repetition of the pattern.

Some ink and acrylic paint for the lady and voila ..another very mixed media spread.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Rubber Stamp Demo This Friday at The Ink Pad, NYC

Join me Friday June 7th from 4-7pm at The Ink Pad in NYC! I’m super excited to be able to drop into this amazing store – right in the heart of New York City and so close to my own hood.

And The Ink Pad is making the event even more fun: The first 5 people to show up will receive a Moonlight Ink Pad.

I’ll be demoing my new rubber stamp sets. Maybe there will be some pattern demos and layering demos. I learned so much about these stamps just by playing with them myself. Join me and see for yourself.

The Ink Pad is located at 37 7th Ave, between 12th and 13th Streets. Drop in and say Hi! :)

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Hex Marks the Spot – Tania Ahmed

Welcome to a post from my Creative Squad! This week we have an upcycling project from Tania Ahmed using my Hex Set Large rubber stamps. She dresses up a storage container, drawing inspiration from this month’s new theme: Hex Marks the Spot –In the days of pirates and lost treasure, a map would lead you to gold and jewels. Today we treasure all sorts of things – our family, friends, experiences, meaningful objects, accomplishments, etc. Think about what you treasure and how you found your way there.


My project for the day is a quick and easy project that I made to house my mini Distress Archival Inks which I love but keep losing! I stashed them in a cigar box that I had rescued from being thrown away which I have upcycled many times over the years. I decided it was time to revamp it to keep my inks in! 

I scraped off as much of the paint and paste that I could off the box first and covered the whole thing with black gesso to give it a matt black finish. 

On a piece of cards stock I stamped my Hex pattern with Distress Archival Inks, inspired by the Instagram hashtag #ihavethisthingwithtiles and added some shading with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide. 

I then added some additional details with my Gold Molotow Acrylic Marker and some sketchy lines with a fine sharpie marker. I glued the cardstock panel to my dried cigar case and added my Mini ink pads to the box! 

This was a quick project to put together and it gives me great joy knowing that my inks have somewhere to “live” :) 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Thank you Tania – love your box of treasure :) You can find all of my rubber stamps in my online shop. Here are some of the other supplies Tania used:


Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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Be Kind – Art Journal

“Be Kind even on your bad days”

Such a great quote to live by. I had fun mixing my Floral Stamp Sets up with my Circle Jumbles and layering them in different ways on top of each other.

Stars and Flowers ..cannot go wrong, right ? LOL



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Stamped Paper Wreath for Spring – DIY Play Date

Last week Kim and I decided to do a little Spring Play Date with my rubber stamps. We saw some cool pictures of paper wreaths online and thought we would try our own. We had just an hour or so and had fun making ours and dreaming of beautiful spring weather :)

You will need rubber stamps (we used my Stroll Through the Hood 1 and 2 stamp sets including the Powerhouse, Main Station, Brownstone, Warehouse, Lady Liberty, Mailbox, Hydrant, US Flag, Art Tag, and Love Tag stamps), ink pads, colorful paper, scissors, glue gun, and a cardboard ring. We cut our cardboard rings from old boxes, using plates to trace a circle and then cutting out the center.

  

Choose paper (and maybe even inks if you have a lot of colored ink pads) in an analogous color scheme – colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

Then start stamping! Fill up the entire page with stamped images. It doesn’t matter how they line up – the point is to have some design and pattern all over the paper. Here is my Warehouse stamp in action.

Here is Lady Liberty and Brownstone filling a page.

We recommend stamping 3-4 sheets of paper.

Then cut out leaf shapes. 2-3″ works for a smaller wreath and 3-4″ works for a larger wreath.

Try to get as many out of a sheet as you can. It’s ok to cut through your stamped images at odd places.

In the end you will have a pile of leaves.

Try arranging the leaves on the cardboard ring to see how they fit.

You can experiment with color patterns too.

Use a glue gun to adhere the leaves in place. I finally bought a glue gun – yes can you believe this is my first ever glue gun? lol

Three leaves across seemed to cover the cardboard.

In the end you will have a charming little spring decoration.

Look at all the stamp images peeking through.

The big one is just right for hanging on a door.

Two paper wreathes, ready for spring.

One on the inside of Kim’s front door.

Looks nice on a smaller door here.

You can even layer them up for more impact.

This was a great way to use up some colored paper we had on hand and to have some fun stamping. I love how the stamps give it some more visual interest, and you could really play with ink colors and different papers if you wanted to. I hope you try it!

You can find my rubber stamps in my online shop. Here are some of the supplies that we used in this play date:


 

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  • stephanie

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    your art play date projects are always an inspiration! thanks Nat

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Be Bad – Art Journal

Ha- lol – I am not sure if I like this or if I feel slightly pushed into a psychedelic 60s comic – but I sure had fun playing ;)

I loved mixing up a hand cut stencil, my hand carved rubber stamp and my new Groovy Foam Stamp. I used spray paint with the stencil, an ink pad for the rubber stamp and acrylic paint with the Groovy Stamp.

Once all was dried brushed on yellow acrylic ink over the whole spread – and there you go …you feel like you landed in a 60s Bugs Bunny comic LOL.

Here are some of the supplies I used


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