stamps!

yes i am still in my 20’s, but i have a stamp collection. not postage stamps that i delicately lick and apply to acid free archival pages with large tweezers while wearing a magnifying glass attached to headgear…rubber and clear stamps used for my hobby of creating mixed media artwork.

well, i happened to run across noah scalin’s “skull-a-day” project, where he did what the name implies, and made a different type of skull each day. some were cut from paper, some were molded from silly putty or wire, carved from turnips, etc. some of the skull images were even compiled in a book called, wait for it…SKULLS. noah got such great feedback from viewers of his blog, and i think liked the ongoing challenge so much, that this year marked the beginning of the 6th year of “ongoing skulls.” you can read more about it, and even purchase some memorabilia, on his blog, here.

i also ran across a fellow “presser,” who was inspired by skull-a-day, named rich cihlar. like myself, rich most closely identifies with the term “mixed media artist.” he makes awesome stenciled paintings of pez candy dispensers on broken skateboards and record albums in a pop art fashion. he also makes his own wine…how talented is that?! somewhere i read that he either runs or owns an art gallery, but i can’t seem to find it now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i contacted him, just to pick his brain about his art process, and he was a super cool guy. speaking of, i need to respond to him. anywho, his paintings are for sale, and worth checking out if you’ve got the time…here.

so, if you are smart, like i know you all are ๐Ÿ™‚ you will put 1 and 1 together, and come up with 2. i too wanted to do an ongoing project that would challenge me. now you know me, and i cannot commit to 365 CONSECUTIVE days, because that funny little thing called life just always seems to get in the way. i would love love love if art was my full time job, but sadly, it is not. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ and although i suck at completing projects, i know that i can eventually complete this one. (key word, eventually, lol)

but, i couldn’t figure out what i wanted to do…at first, i wanted to do quotes, bc you know how much i LOVE quotes, but i thought that might get boring and monotonous (for both me and viewers like you, lol).

then, while sitting in the mess of my craft room, trying to organize my stamp collection, i figured…why not? i have SO many stamps i never use and am always looking for reasons to use them…so it just made sense. this way, i can also use all those color schemes i’ve been saving on pinterest, and even add a quote every now and then if i want to right? it was decided.

i found my new prized possession at staples, the office supply store. did you know that they make graph ruled composition notebooks?! {insert heavenly sound here} guess what color i bought it in…

this has been my favorite past time since i purchased it last week. i have been carrying it and some gel pens with me wherever i go, lol.

i kicked off day one with the “watermelon peacock” color scheme:

a while ago i purchased these stamps, just because i was totally in love with the pencil. i figured i could find uses for the other “supplies” later. here’s what i came up with on the fly. the good thing about this project is that i can start simple, and always add more later. i don’t have to complete a whole “project” each day, i just need to use a new stamp ๐Ÿ™‚ i will probably also do smaller “backgrounds” for smaller stamps. i like the gold glitter on the color scheme above, so i may even go back and add some sparkly polka dots in the background later.

this is definitely NOT the final product…stay tuned for more cute stamps ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

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