A Sunday series. A single idea. One of way too many.
When I was introduced to The Documented Life Project by my dear friend Anna, (you know Anna? Anna of Artful Stories
? Anna from Canada? that Anna?) I was introduced to so many new and wonderful things. Things like mixed media art, art journaling, artsy planning, mail art, happy mail, and diy stickers & stamps. At first I stuck to making my own stamps with foam blocks, foam sheets & shapes, etc. because that stuff was easy, fast, and on hand. But as I delved more into mixed media and artsy planning, the more drawn I was to hand-carved stamps
. But as always, I was looking for affordable alternatives to what these real
artists were using, to create and carve my own.
I grabbed some corks and carved some simple shapes (like hearts and diamonds) into those with an exacto knife. And that was pretty neat for a bit. But I soon wanted more. I wanted bigger, better, and beautiful-er. So I headed over to the dollar store, grabbed a butt-load of gigantic erasers, several packs of student sized erasers, and started creating custom stamps. It wasn’t long before I realized I needed a speedball, so I picked a set up at Michael’s with a 50% coupon. And boy, did that make carving easier! So much easier, in fact, that I felt comfortable letting my littlest join me…
These feather stamps only took me an afternoon to complete…
and that was with a couple of kids taking turns with the speedball. I carved them out of extra large erasers for only $1 each. I also carved some words and arrows into the student-sized erasers that were 6/$1.
Finding affordable alternatives to art supplies, creating & carving my own stamps, are some ways of art-ing with Sofia’s Ideas on Simplicity, Frugality, and Frivolity… all with an Eco-Mentality!