Hardware Stamps + Art Journals (Part 2)

handmade hardware stamps + gesso = art journal backgrounds!

[000 stamp] blue stamping ink + white gesso

[000 stamp]

[galaxia stamp] in white gesso on green block printing ink background

[galaxia stamp]

[edging zero stamp] on manilla folder in cobalt turquoise acrylic paint (golden fluid acrylics)

[edging zero stamp]

[edging zero stamp] painted with cobalt turquoise

Made some more stamps and experimented on a manila folder, paper towel, and added stamping to a bunch of art journal pages. Lots of fun! I could have played for hours (but couldn't today). What's so great about handmade stamps? They are one-of-a-kind, quirky, and help you create pages that are uniquely your own.

For example... make an art journal background by stamping a simple pattern repeatedly on a page. It could be a page that you painted with acrylics or watercolors, or just a blank page. Just "paint" the stamp and press on your paper or fabric. Try your favorite colors of fluid acrylic paint, heavy body acrylic paint, block printing ink or gesso. Imagine layers of the same pattern stamped in different colors. 

Four-part series: Part 1 Part2 Part 3 Part 4. Inspired by Tracy Bunkers' book Print & Stamp Lab.