Finding Joy in the Ordinary

I really enjoy using everyday items to make marks in my mixed media projects and I’d like to show you another way to use the handmade stamps I created in my Mixed Media Morsels, Dessert #6 video. The tag I have made for the month of June features a simple leaf stamp I made from ordinary fun foam, and instead of using the leaf as a focal point, I created a colorful background, using just that one stamp and several colors of Ranger Archival Inks.

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I wanted the colors of the leaves in the background to be somewhat light, so after inking up the stamp, I stamped it a couple of times on a sheet of printer paper before stamping it onto my tag. I really like how the paper turned out!

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I decided to use a couple of stamps from my stash to create the focal point. Using my water brush, I wet the tissue around the stamped images, making it easier to tear them out.ย Tearing the images helps them to disappear once they are adhered. If your images are cut out, rather than torn, they will have sharp lines that will be more obvious when they are adhered to your project.

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The border is a hand-drawn line with black dots, made with a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Marker. I added a few more of the black dots later, along with some additional white dots using a Posca paint pen. My tag needed a reinforcement sticker on the hole, so I used some of the purple Archival Ink to color an ordinary white one, then applied it to the tag once it was dry. Voila! No longer ordinary, now it’s a custom, matching sticker!

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I adhered the stamped tissue paper images with Collage Pauge. You can see how the tissue virtually disappears – I love that! After it was completely dry, I colored in the butterfly stamp with paint pens and I’m very pleased with the simple beauty of it.

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Sometimes finding joy in ordinary things just means you have to look at them in a different way – a way other than their intended purpose. That’s what I have found in using common household items as mark-making tools in my art – like making stamps with fun foam, using an empty tape roll or jar lid to make circles, bubble wrap to make dots, or a piece of shelf liner to make cool patterns. I like thinking and creating outside the box and believe me – it’s joyful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by,
Cat

P.S. I have just listed a second set of mark-making tools in my Etsy shop. There is a limited number of these sets, so if you’re interested in getting one, don’t wait. I have a special bonus coupon code available just for my blog followers. Use this link to receive 15% off my Mixed Media Mark-making Value Pack – Set 2. The code (MMVPSET2) will be automatically applied at checkout and it will be good through July 7, 2018 unless these value packs sell out before then. Thanks so much for following me!

{UPDATE: 15% OFF COUPON IS NOW EXPIRED.}


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6 Responses to Finding Joy in the Ordinary

  1. lkp@roadrunner.com says:

    Cat, These are super awesome. I love love love seeing your creations. They always lift my spirits and make me very happy! Hugs, Lorraine

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  2. NR Edwards says:

    This tag is GoRgEoUs! But altogether, they’re AmAzInG! I can’t wait to see the next one!!! Your blog is so easy, infomative, and fun to read! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Maria Whiddon says:

    Another gorgeous tag Cat. I love your blog and seeing the beautiful things you create. In fact I love your style and everything you create on your videos too. We are so lucky to have you. And just like a previous comment said โ€œyou lift my spirits and make me happyโ€ thank you for that xxx

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    • Cat says:

      Thanks so much, Maria. Iโ€™m so glad you enjoy what I create and that it lifts your spirits. That, in turn, makes my heart very happy! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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