I have never colored with markers before; heck, I’ve barely painted with watercolors. Although I consider myself at least fairly creative, I’m not what I consider "artistic." I mean, even stick people are a challenge! One thing I’ve really appreciated since becoming a Stampin’ Up!® demo is that stamping allows me to be creative AND allows me to feel artistic without having to have natural talent to paint, sketch, or draw. This is especially true when there are so many beautiful stamps out there, not just Stampin’ Up!®, but I’m discovering there’s a whole world of art stamps out there. I recently discovered several wonderful companies since Pat Huntoon of Technique Junkies was celebrating her fifth anniversary with TJ.
Now, I’ve been getting TJ newsletter for over a year, but hadn’t really paid attention to the stamps if they weren’t SU!®. I figure if I can’t sell ’em they weren’t much use to me. However, I’ve had a bit of a change of heart. The reality is, I’m not just a stamper for the money, although it sure helps to sell "stuff" to support my "habit." I’m a stampin’ junkie and I admit it! But, I’ve been missing out on a lot of beautiful and cute stuff as well.
Now, I’ve just started to dabble with acrylics, but truly, rubber can’t be beat for detail. You just can’t get that kind of detail with acrylic. Rubber allows for deep etching, and that’s what you’ll find in the featured stamp today, "Lady of Fall" from I Brake for Stamps…sellers of rubber unmounted stamps. There are four in this series, one for each season, and all are sold separately.
I truly wanted to jump onto the Copic Marker bandwagon, but just couldn’t justify the expense, especially if it turned out I didn’t enjoy coloring with markers. So, I went with Prismacolor, and I’m very happy with them. I did make the mistake of stamping the image on watercolor paper, which made it very porous for the markers and a bit more difficult to blend the colors; however, the stamped image turned out beautifully, and overall, for my first time with markers, I was pleased. I used a blending marker, and finished the image off wih a light misting of Aspen Yellow Glimmer Mist. I’ve decided to use this image for a journal of some sort, as soon as I dig out my binding machine.