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DIY Custom Artwork Using Stamps

Posted by Kim Dellow

Make some customized artwork using some mixed media techniques with your stamps.

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Have you tried using your stamps with paints and mediums yet? It can be a fun way to get the most out of your favourite stamps as you will see from this tutorial today. I’ve put together a little wall art project using paints, stamps and some of those leftover pieces of designer papers you are often left with but that you just don’t want to throw away.

There are some acrylic mediums and pencil work thrown in for good measure so sit back and enjoy. Then go get your papers, paints and stamps and have a go yourself, it is great fun!

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Here Is What You Will Need:

Artists' Quality Canvas Board-5"X7"

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cerulean Blue

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Pyrrole Red

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Magenta

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Hansa Yellow Light

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Blue Green Light

Waffle Flower Crafts Clear Stamps - Flower Circles

Heidi Swapp Favorite Things paper

Brushes

Stabilo All Pencil - black

ZIG Watercolor BrusH20

Golden Regular Gel (Matte)

Golden Light Molding Paste

Liquitex Gesso

Let’s Make Stamped Art!

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Start by adding a bit of colour to your canvas board. I'm using leftover bits of the Heidi Swapp Favorite Things paper so I've gone with a DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint colour palette to match the colours of the papers. But there are no rules & you can use whatever colours you feel like!

First I added a layer of pinks and reds; when that was dry, I added some lime green and blues with a dry brush.

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Next I trimmed the papers into strips and stuck them to the canvas board in the bottom left-hand corner using the Golden Regular gel and let that dry. Next I added a layer of gesso and let that dry too.

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For my final layer before I start some stamping, I tinted some more gesso with a little bit of the Cerulean Blue. I spritzed water on the surface as I added the tinted gesso to thin it out and dabbed the centre of the canvas board with a clean cloth to remove some of the tinted layer. Let the layer dry completely.

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Now you can start stamping with paint. First I used the largest circle and mixed a lime-green colour then added a little bit of the Molding paste to the paint and used this to stamp the first circle. Wash your stamp immediately! Let the stamped circle dry.

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I then dipped the cross-hatch circle stamp in the blue paint and stamped this on the canvas board; again, wash the stamp immediately! Finally I stamped the third circle stamp with red/pink paint over a mask covering the green circle, to finish the circle cluster. Wash your stamp immediately!

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Once the circle cluster was dry, I stamped the seed head stamp with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and went over the lines by hand with a fine brush and black paint. I then used the Stabilo pencil and a waterbrush to go around the edges of the stamping and the edges of the papers in the background.

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For the final touch, I stamped the sentiment with the Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and again went over it by hand with black paint and a fine brush.

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All the layers give a richness to the final piece and it's a great way to use up paper scraps and make the most of your stamps too! Hope you have fun using these techniques and if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below.

Thanks for popping in!