Monday, September 1, 2014

Super Hand-carved Stamp collection

These are some of my recently, hand-carved stamps. Most were created during the printmaking challenge that I had in July and others were carved during my own, personal time.

Carving really isn't that hard at all. Besides a basic carving kit, all you need is patience mixed with enthusiasm and you're well on your way!


Martice Smith II's super handcarved stamp collection

Martice Smith II's super handcarved stamp collection

Martice Smith II's super handcarved stamp collection

Now, I want to take you through my process of carving out the large flower stamp. (I guess this is kinda like a tutorial, BUT I'll be sharing workflow tips + a general step-by-step.)

Martice Smith II's large flower stamp, tutorial
As you can see here, I've started the flower stamp without taking the initial photo! Ooops! Well, look on the right side of this photo (my alternating chevron stamp) and you'll see an example of the First Step, which is, transferring your design to the rubber/linoleum. Those black ink pen marks indicate places that will be carved away.

Martice Smith II's large flower stamp, tutorial
Martice Smith II's large flower stamp, tutorial; detail view
DO NOT try to carve away details first! You'll only be working against yourself. Instead, carve away larger areas FIRST.
 Once you've carved your design, cut the larger portion of the rubber block. KEEP this piece to make smaller stamps!

Martice Smith II's large flower stamp, tutorial

 Now, we're ready to ink up the stamp...but wait - let us admire our handiwork, first....*sigh* Isn't she lovely?! Ok, back to business!

Martice Smith II's large flower stamp, tutorial; inking
I'm using an old phone book as my "inking plate". Roll out some water-soluble, block printing ink. The consistency should be very smooth.

Martice Smith II's large flower stamp, tutorial; detail
The ink is distributed evenly across the entire surface of the stamp. Does yours look like this? If not, take your brayer and roll off excess paint, then apply excess paint to piece of scrap paper.


Time for a test print! Burnish (or gently apply pressure) to the back of the stamp

Martice Smith II's large flower stamp, tutorial
My rubber stamp is pretty thick in size (half an inch), so, I'm able to lift it and stamp onto a piece of scrap paper with a fair amount of ease. Another option is to mount the stamp onto a block of wood, for easier handling.


Martice Smith II's large flower stamp, tutorial
What a beautiful impression! This test print is helpful when determining what areas I need to carve away. I think the center area needs a little more attention...carve more hairy lines and it's a wrap!

So, there you have it! Not too bad, right?

Now, I'll need to figure out what projects to create with my *brand new* large flower stamp! Any suggestions??


Peace,


Thursday, August 28, 2014

My first RubberMoon order + DecoArt sponsorship

My first order from RubberMoon Stamps finally came! It's my welcome package for being on their Creative Dream Team and I tell you what - these are beautifully made and packed with some amazing detail. I'm really excited to start working with them :) 
I also received news that I've been accepted into the DecoArt Helping Artists Program. Yippppeeeee! (This simply means that they're sponsoring me to create art projects, using products from their DecoArt® Inc. company.)


Now, let me show you a closer look at these stamps...
my RubberMoon welcome package :) (Includes Gina's Designs chipboard pieces and ATC and the Art Squares are from Inchie Arts; these are sold separately)

Here's what each stamp looks like, stamped on a piece of scrap paper....

From top, left to right: 
Dear Frida
Panda
Bamboo
Kae Pea - New Moon
Large Fern
The Baby has Arrived
Save the Date
Baby Carriage
Sitting in a Tree

I couldn't wait to test these beauties out, so, I jumped right it and created this 4x6 art card, recycled from an old postcard, featuring the Kae Pea - New Moon stamp.  

(Unfortunately, it's not a tutorial...but I hope you'll like it, anyway.)

mixed media art postcard by Martice Smith II

detail, mixed media art postcard by Martice Smith II

detail, mixed media art postcard by Martice Smith II

detail, mixed media art postcard by Martice Smith II

{ Paint Products used }
Americana 3D Gloss Enamel: Dioxazine Purple & transparent Yellow
Americana Neons: Fiery Red & Torrid Orange
Americana Acrylic: Bahama Blue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Phthalo Blue
Tempera paints: Fluorescent Pink & White

{ Other products }
Orange craft foam
Water soluble pencil
Blue Sharpie® Pen
my own, hand-cut cardboard letter stencils
Crown kraftboard piece from Stampendous!

My first post on the RubberMoon Art blog is set for Tuesday, September 23rd.  

Until then, please check the RubberMoon Art blog every Tuesday and Friday to see my team members' projects. These are a bunch of insanely talented women! Go see what all the hype is about - a blog post will be up, tomorrow. 



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I am going to the MOON!!!

Well, not literally...but I do have some amazing news I'd love to share with you:

It's official and at last, I can shout-it-from-the-rooftops that: I've been selected to join the creative design team of RubberMoon Stamps!!! Eeeeeekkkk! What a blessing - I'm so honored to be part of this amazing company. 

*** A big 'THANKS' to Kae Pea and the selection committee for this opportunity. ***

It seems a li'l bit ironic, due to the fact that I LOVE gazing up at the moon, day and night. The moon is so mesmerizing and hypnotic to me. I have created some of my best work in the wee hours of the night; just me and the luminous moonlight. All I can say is this: It was meant to be for me!

Martice makes the RubberMoon Creative Dream Team!
RubberMoon | Creative Dream Team

Martice makes the RubberMoon Creative Dream Team!


I'm one of the 6 new people they've chosen, from over 40 submissions! Wow! Someone pinch me!  Also, some of the alumni (past RubberMoon contributors) will be joining, as well. Our term starts this month and ends in December.

You can find my posts, once a month, on their blog...my first project will be published later this month!

Please click here to meet all of our team members. I think you will be impressed!

Make sure you visit the RubberMoon blog every Tuesday and Friday to see our art projects and be inspired!



Friday, August 1, 2014

::TUTORIAL::Designer Block Puzzle

You will never believe how many combinations you can get from only 6 simple designs! What would you guess : 100? what about 250? Nope, there are waaaaaaay more combinations than that!

Try wrapping yo head around this: there are OVER 10 MILLION *different* combinations!!! Yes, my friend, you read my typing correctly.

Actually, to be more exact, there are 10,0007600!!!



See the full tutorial on how to make your own! >>> Designer Block Puzzle

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Last day for Printmaking Unleashed challenge

Today is the last day for the printmaking unleashed challenged. I've had so much fun discovering new techniques and just practicing on my skills everyday this month. I will continue challenging myself...one never knows what could come next!

Day 30: Relief Print
I never thought packing peanuts looked so good! Well, as a printing tool...It's funny how I've been finding unconventional objects to use in my printmaking. A valuable lesson and my motto: Use what you already have!

Day 30: Relief Print by Mixed media artist Martice Smith II

And finally...today's last creative prompt: Day 31: hearts + LOVE

Day 31: Hearts + Love by Mixed media artist Martice Smith II
variety of hearts and a lovely sentiment for my followers: Thank you with love & gratitude. Media used: cardboard, acrylics, graphite, stamping, stenciling, machine stitching and Tulip Pearl dimensional paints, Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends (Sunshine) on wrinkled, cotton fabric.

You haven't heard the last of me! Be sure to connect via Bloglovin', Facebook, and Flickr!!
(I'll be updating with the prompts that I've missed...)

THANK YOU!! xox


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