Art Journaling: Creating 3D Space with Hand Carved Rubber Stamps

I’ve decided to take the bull by the horns and DIVE into the art journaling genre, no regrets, no looking back… I’ve combined my passion for rubber stamp carving with the journaled page and came up with a great way to create a scene.  I’ve realized that certain stamps create a sense of space all on their own-  just by being themselves.  These would be things like windows, open doorways, archways, columns, and other forms of architecture with openings.  A hand carved stamp of a window by itself is pretty cool and all but add some color, several design elements and something of interest INSIDE the window (like a cowboy) and you have a awesome pop art journal scene with a real sense of three dimensional space.


An artsy friend of mine and I have been sketching architecture in the field lately.  After looking through the pile of our sketches, we got a novel idea (a real “Eureka!” moment) to turn certain architectural elements of these sketches (mainly windows, doors, signs, and light posts) into rubber stamps.  I’m using my stamps to create weird and whimsical scenes on top of my journaled pages.  If you look closely, you may be able to read a swear word or two.



The door stamp in the page above was designed after a grand entrance to a huge old building on the Bowdoin College campus.  I think I like my building better!  The piece below was inspired by the feeling that sometimes our home feels like a pet-friendly hotel.  It seems we always have other peoples’ kids, dogs, and even parrots running (or flying) around.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have it any other way!  The chaos is energizing, to stay the least.



If you live local and you would like to find out how easy and fun it is to create your own stamps, I can show you how!  I’m teaching “Rubber Stamp Carving” at Merrymeeting Art House in Brunswick on Sunday Oct. 26 from 2-4pm.  The cost is $20 per student and includes all materials.  Make up to two decent sized stamps for use in paper crafting, card making, art journaling and much more.  Your imagination is the limit.  You can also practice printing your images using several different methods.   Reserve your spot by visiting Merrymeeting Art House today!

P.S.  Merrymeeting Art House is an adorable art making place, owned and operated by the lovely and very talented Catherine Scanlon.


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