The beautiful weather is almost over, but I got a chance to play around with this Art Impressions watercolor stamp set and some of my waterbased markers. I had a lot of fun, but I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do when using these stamps. At times, it felt like I definitely was learning more of what not to do, but I will not give up and besides, the challenge made it more enjoyable for me. I think I got a little overenthusiastic in some places and overwashed some of the color. Another thing I would add if someone was interested in trying it (they have several sets and I know I will be trying more) is that if you don’t have very small acrylic blocks (2×2 and smaller), get some or get the wood mounted ones because they are difficult to handle otherwise.
I have been making cards for myself (and helping the kids with theirs) for years. I thought I had learned a lot, but in the past twelve months, I feel like I have learned exponentially where I had been learning additionally. I am still playing with, working with and adding to my portfolio the things I learned at my Copic class and that was almost a month ago. One of the things that really excites me is how I can try something out with this art collaboration and then turn around and apply an aspect to paper crafting. I love the way things can meld together now in terms of mixed media crafting and art. Here are some of the ideas on my Christmas Card drawing board. Stay tuned.