“Too many word stamps. You never use them all,” said my irritable inner critic. Lately my inner critic has been full of constructive advice said in a gentle tone. Not tonight. She was in foul mood. But I can be a real pain the rear too- just ask my kids! So I decided to show that cranky critic I will use them all. Ha! I used tons of them here!!
I started this background with NO CLUE where it was going. Not completely true, I knew what colors I wanted since it is week 4 of the Summer of Color. I read the sayings as I was stamping & something shifted for me. My inner critic wanted to have a heart to heart conversation. A kind and open talk. Not the cranky authoritarian rant. The art reflected that conversation – myself talking to myself. That’s all my inner critic is- the scared, defensive, protective me talking.
The stamps are by Donna Downey, Dylusions, and Tim Holtz.
In the video you see me cleaning off my stamps by stamping them in a journal. That lets me clean most of the ink off the stamps and build a base for a journal page. I used up leftover paint on the palette on the pages too. Here’s what it looks like for now. On the left side the blue if my favorite part- that’s what happens when you use watered down acrylic paints. Happy accident I will be trying again!
I spent way too long trying to get a good photo of the main work. Fiddled with the colors in Photoshop. Retook the photos. This photo came out true to life the first time. Does that ever happen to you?
GORGEOUS CAROLYN! I love the idea and am totally inspired! GREAT!
Just love the colors and the way you used all the stamps. I think the use of cut-outs to trace for the main image was genius, need to do that! And, you have reminded me to put my left overs in my junk journal which I always seem to forget!
Inspiring! Love the colors for the SOC challenge and it’s such a creative use of the word stamps. I love the blocked effect they give. Great job and good reminder about using the leftovers.
I absolutely love this. Where on earth did you get all of these amazing rubber stamps??? A true inspiration!!!
Wonderful stamp puzzle, vibrant colours, lovely flow in the girls.
Yes, inspiring is the right word! I LOVE the colors! I love all the words–what a fabulous idea. And the end product is just gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing the video too!
You really have a collection of cool word stamps. The ladies are quite glamourous! I like the colors together, too. 🙂
I love this!
Great idea, love how you have used the colours! Valerie
loved it at first glimpse and then I read the backstory and I love it even more – such a wonderful way to utilise your stamp collection
I like these beautiful colors and I love the story respective the dialogue between you and Ms Inner Critic – I know somebody who seems to be very similar to her 😉
I an totally inspired and thanks for this great idea.
your work is marvelous with the speaking ladies. So you.
To use all these word is very spectacular. Marvelous Work
This is fabulous…love your ladies…and what a great collection of lovely stamps you have…Jan x
Wow! Love the ladies and thus your multi stamp background works! ~ ~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)
Love your use of all the word stamps plus the extra page you have going for another day. Awesome page in the end. Sometimes mistakes are new learning experiences.
This is gorgeous, I LOVE the way you outlined her with color – she is so full of positive energy!
Can’t wait to see what you come p with for next week!
Oddly enough, the only way I can get a “true to life” photo of my work, is by taking pictures outside!
I love it – great images and a wonderful background. I like the idea of cleaning up your stamps and using up paint on journal pages to create backgrounds – ingenious! Great work!
Very cool!! Love the vid and process photos, it’s such a creative piece!!
This would make the worlds coolest wrapping paper!!! Those colours are perfect for Summer of Colour
x x x
I love your pages! The background are perfect with all the words. Good thing you didn’t listen to your inner critic! *lol* And those ladys are just gorgeous!! 🙂
Brilliant pages and great video too. Love the tip cleaning off stamps on your journal pages. I will most definitely be doing that in future instead of all the scraps I just throw away! Need to get into journaling, just dabbling in it at present. Thanks BJ
Wordalish post. I love seeing all your stamps filling the pages…..and the colors are pretty wonderful too. Yes, the photo thing, it’s so weird when that happens as if you were meant to wait and take it again and nothing seemed different just the result. xox
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! I had fun watching your video. I just love what you created here!
Cool video….thanks for sharing…you have lots of stamps…lucky…great journal work…xxx
I loved the video and laughed at the here comes the big mistake bit… it turned out so beautifully in the end and I am glad you told your inner critic to take a hike… and all those stamps… I would like to organise a play date one day and come and visit and play with all of your supplies… it would be such fun!!!!!
What an amazing collection of stamps! Watching your video was rather fun. Great process.
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This is SO COOL…that I am speechless…get it??!! Haha, I love this!
Once again–I love!!
Absolutely awesome work of art 🙂
Beautiful work, Annette x
Wonderful artwork, I love those ladies in their beautiful dresses – and well done for using all those rubber stamps so creatively!
I just love it! What a great use for your stamps, and so great that it became meaningful for you. Thank you so much for showing us your process!
WOWWW! I LOVE the artwork so much. I wish I had that many word stamps, LOL. So clever with the background colors too. LOVE it. Hugs.
Absolutely gorgeous Carolyn… just LOVE the word stamped background… and the colors are perfect.. beautiful work…
What a great idea! And your journalpage looks awesome!
OMG I love this!
Fabulous! Love the way you used so many stamps and really enjoyed watching your coloring process. Thanks for sharing!
what an amazing background!!