"No, no! The adventures first,
explanations take such a dreadful time."
— Lewis Carroll
playing with cut out swirlies
brayer the swirlie on top of an index card so you can stamp the swirlie or the inverse of the swirlie
the first page is destined to be an art journal background, stamped with the cut spiral, the reverse of the spiral, ad infinitim
i cut out my initials the way i would write them, and then turned the card over and used the reverse as the stamp (if that makes sense)
art journal background
happy independence day
the texture is unreal
fossil-like detail from the page below
i painted this page first with a brayer before stamping
i think this would work on an art journal page --- today's ICAD #42
i even printed on a box
heart art journal background
I grabbed some summer free time to do Michelle Ward's super-awesome Crusade No. 39: Pulling Prints. The GPP crew is currently on Crusade #53, but the wonderfulness of the Crusades is the ability to go back in time and respond to previous creative challenges. It was Melanie's monoprints that lead me to this particular adventure.
Here are the ingredients I used for Pulling Prints: Two 2" Speedball Soft Rubber Brayers, (one is for paint, the other is kept dry to roll on back of papers) a few tubes of Speedball Block Printing Ink, heavy white cardstock for the art journal backgrounds, scissors, and INDEX CARDS. I kid you not!
Cruise over to Michelle's site for full details. This was majorly fun, addictively fun, perfect for Traci's Get Your Art On challenge of half hour a day for a month. I am sooo happy I tried this! I've done mono-prints or block printing before and I have a mild brayer addiction. It's not just stamping with your etched or cut design, it's the reverse and inverse and subverse, I mean it's super cool. I'm going to use these bigger pages as art journal backgrounds, or cut them up for collage fodder.