A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Original Art-Making Custom Stamps

Original Art-Making Custom Stamps


On your mark...get set...go! Yes, let's make marks and have some fun with them.

I use acrylic paint as well as ink to make marks. Ink will make a fine quality mark while paint will produce various effects depending on the consistency. Use medium or heavy body acrylic paint as the high flow is too thin. Place a dab of paint in a pan and thin with a few drops of water until it is about like that of lotion. Use either a foam roller or paint brush to apply the paint onto the stamp.

Another excellent found item:

A shoestring is glued to a piece of Styrofoam.

Paint is applied to the shoestring stamp with a brayer.

Practice: Practice on scraps first! Test the stamps and the paint consistency first.
Test the stamps on paper or fabric first.
The stamp may not make a clear complete impression.
Even if the paint is a bit too thick it will make "globs". This is ok...for me. I like effects to be various.
Painted silk organza with marks from a toilet paper roll.
The cardboard left some blotchy paint marks and some fine marks.
I like the mixture. 
 As you can see..I used the toilet roll with white paint on this piece. The circle did not imprint clearly the first time so I did several overlapped. I liked this much better. The roll is not an exact circle either, which I also like.

Painted silk organza with marks made with cardboard, circles from toilet paper roll
and linked circles stamp.
Painted interfacing with a layer of painted silk organza over the top.
Both have been stamped.
The content I am sharing with you here is excerpts from my online course MIXING UP MEDIA. See the link for this below.

Next weeks topic: STENCILS

I will present more about making original art by making your own stencils.


  1. what glue did you use on the styrofoam to attach the shoe lace?

  2. I used regular white glue. :)

    Also, try wrapping string, yarn or other similar onto a roller.
    Fun stuff!

    Thanks for commenting.


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