Sunday, 6 August 2017

Stamp People



Our broadband has been practically non-existent for the past few weeks so I haven't been able to post very much.  So, what have I been doing in the meantime?  I've been working on stamp people among other things.  Stamp people, stamp heads or postage stamp people have captured my attention for a while now. I first saw them on Pamela's blog and have wanted to try making some but could never get started. I'd get out my stamps and choose some head shots of potential stamp people and and pictures cut from magazines, but never seemed able to make it work. It always turned out a bit peculiar to me and I would put it aside. Then, a short time ago I began seeing them again, my interest was piqued and I began thinking about trying to make some stamp people again. Ambition is a good thing when you really want to make something, but you oftentimes need a little more than just ambition which I found out when yet again, I came up with nothing. I felt very defeated by it. I'm not an artist, I can draw a little but I was getting so frustrated with my efforts or what I perceived as my lack of thereof.

I did a search on line for stamp people for inspiration and found several places with enthusiastic examples. Limner showed a great stamp person by her pal Debbie Link so I went looking, found her blog, and was enchanted by her post "Stamp people (the siblings)"  After that I did a google search looking for more inspiration. I saw examples which once more made me enthused about making stamp people. When found Jacki Long's stamp people, that lit the spark and I tried once again. 

Armed with all the encouragement from the stamp people artists I found on line, I set my mind to making some stamp people of my own. I met with the same difficulties, but not one to quit I persevered and found myself creating a different kind of “stamp people” I guess, in the end, my own style was what was lacking and once I began doing what flowed easily and not just trying to emulate those whose art I admired I finally got results.



I went back through my stamps and began choosing alternative images and then ideas started coming in and I made three pieces of stamp art rather quickly. I was pleased with my creations (but not my lettering, which took me back to my high school art teacher wincing when looking at something I decided  to letter...) and now have my own groove going on admittedly with some help with electronic lettering. I guess for me it wasn't so much about people as images. I'm happy with my version of stamp people and at the same time admire all the creations others have made.




6 comments:

  1. I'd say you're in a good groove. Nice work!

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    1. Thank you Sonja. Once I got the hang of doing it "my way" I enjoyed it so much more.

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  2. Three thumbs up Anna! A rather clever approach. I'm very proud of you. :) Thanks for the Jacki link.

    You've discovered your own personal style while I yet struggle. No one said struggle couldn't be fun though. I'm still at the thumbnail stage but things are shaping up in a promising fashion.

    Good Monday to you.

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    1. Thanks for the thumbs up! I really like Jacki's stamp people. She does a course on how to make them which sounded great but it would be a heck of a commute for me! Maybe we should suggest she does an on line course?

      It was a struggle because I really wanted to create some of these little works of art but just couldn't make it work somehow. My drawing skills are naïve at best but I did try to achieve similar things to Jacki and Debbie with zero success. When I went back and looked for more people stamps, I started looking at stamps with other images that seemed to give more inspiration so that is how I got off on the tangent that gave me my own style, albeit naïve, but at least I was creating.

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    2. You achieved your vision. I'm clumsily chasing after mine. Asthma depletes the oxygen required to think, sketch, cut paste, decide and bring met vision to completion. Am leaning toward agreeing to having breathing treatments to get me over this last attack. I dislike having more chemicals pumped into me. I don't want to miss out either. :) I must practice patience with more vigor, yes?

      I like how you do it your way. :)

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    3. I'm so sorry you are having trouble with asthma. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to try to just get on and do everyday things with that hindrance. I hope you get relief from it and can go back to happily creating.

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