Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blast from the Past

Some of you may remember the days when I enjoyed making scenes.  Stamped scenes!  This one is from 2004 (click on the photo to see a larger version).  The cat and chicken stamps are by eat cake graphics, the stamp of the distant mountains is by PSX, and the grass is by Art Impressions; the rest of the stamps are by Joan Wear.  Most likely it was colored in with my Prismacolor pencils and some chalks for the larger areas.

Stamping scenes can be fairly involved, not just coming up with an idea but deciding which stamps to use and figuring out placement.  Then you need to mask the foreground elements before stamping in the background.  Then coloring.  It's a pretty big investment of time and work.  But it's also a lot of fun, especially when you get an idea and can see it working out just as you'd visualized.  And as you can see, even in my scenic stamping my sense of humor is odd (I love puns, what can I say?).

Eventually, after I had an accordion folder full of scenes, I began asking myself why I was spending so much time and effort on something that just sat in a folder!  I do have one of my scenes framed and on the wall in the guest room, but most are tucked away.  Maybe I should take a few more out and find frames for them.

Back when I started stamping scenes I created a website (of course I did) with tutorials, a gallery of my scenes, and so on.  That is long gone, but the scenes that I created and sent to Third Coast Stamps are still online in a gallery that the company has graciously given me.  Included in the gallery is an illustrated story told in installments.  The link is here for any who are interested.

1 comment:

Stefanie said...

You are so clever!