Posted by : lara 9.06.2009

i did the "end of month mojo" article on gutter girlz this month.
i worked through the pain of having no mojo :D

wonder if anyone could tell..... :D

Here's the post:

i used to be afraid of using acrylic paint in my scrapbooking (which i now call mixed-media).
For years I stayed away from it and used regular inkpads and stamps and spent tons of money at the scrapbook store.
One night i was watching a documentary about spray painting and thought the drippy textured paint looked so cool i would try and replicate it with some acrylic paint i had won from a LSS challenge but never opened.
That was the beginning of the end!
Now i am addicted to acrylic paint and it's usage.
Not because i can actually paint bowls of fruit or pretty sunsets or my dog's portraits - but because of how flexible it is to create abstract background and texture to any page.
Or it can emphasize that special point or photo you are scrapbooking.

You can use paint with stamps too! It's even easier to peel off after it dries than ink is to wash off!
But i think it's more fun and interesting to use found objects to stamp with.

Things that make people think - "that looks so familiar but i can't quite put my finger on what I'm looking at!"
And it's uber-cheap!
In fact everything i am about to show you that i stamped with was free - and in a good way, not a "look over my shoulder to see behind me" way!

Here are just a few examples of my favorite tools to use and examples. Let your mind wander to things you have in your closet, tool chest, basement or in the gutter down the street. Anything will become a stamp if you apply paint to it - even fruit, vegetables, hands, forks, spoons, pine cones, stones .... you get the picture.

This is my preferred brand of paint - i like the consistency the best and makes the coolest uneven textured stamping of all the different ones i've tried:

STAMPING WITH PAINT?! Really? Is it messy?
Ya, well it can be if you're having enough fun with it. Or it can be organized and neat if you're careful. Regardless of the mood I'm in, I still always put down either a huge plastic trash bag or wax paper underneath what I'm painting just in case....

Circles are my favorite shape.
The first non-traditional item i ever stamped with remains my favorite - bubble wrap! It comes in different sizes and is almost always found somewhere for free:

My next favorite are these different size caps. The largest was the first - it's a burned out scented candle holder. The first dozen or so times i stamped with it, my layout smelled like Vanilla! The other caps I couldn't specifically tell you where they are from or where i got them. If i see an odd looking cap in the gutter i will pick it up without blinking.

I also like to use corrugated cardboard - this certainly can be found for free almost anywhere you look! I "repurposed" these coffee cup wrappers from Caribou Coffee. And these are fun to use after they've been painted up for frames and embellishment texture!

The last "tip" i'd love to share, because it's really really cool, is use a piece of cardstock or a journal as your paint palette. Keep using it until you think there's enough paint on it that it looks pretty and will make an awesome background or addition to your project. I made this pre-art art jourrnal for a friend. This back cover is the palette i used for the entire journal (it's actually hard plastic) - so all the colors match, plus in somewhat spiritual way i like the idea of reusing paint from other projects in one - it's like putting it all together, the history and where i was at in my life for those weeks i used it as a palette.

I'd like to share with you this one last project i did recently that used all of these non-traditional stampers:

It's actually a birthday card that was completely free to make. I owned all the supplies - the envelope, the chipboard from packaging, the stampers, the ribbon..... It was for an orgzanization I do the graphic design for, and it was so much fun to turn the computer off and make something by hand! In fact, the AWF did a short news story about it, you can read it here.

So, there you go!
Don't be scared to dive into paint - buy a couple of the cheapies of your favorite color (or if you have Gesso laying around) and play around a bit. Trust me, it gets addicting! You'll never look at that pasta sauce cap you're about to throw away the same again!

7 Responses so far.

  1. Joyce says:

    Here it is...11:36pm on the 31st and I've been using this post as a go to for altering the 22-1/2x 18-1/2 inch white paper that my GA order came in today. Using my Starbucks coffee wrap to make some of those delicious spaced lines, some small bubble wrap and something different- the back of one of those cardboard cake sheets for super big sheet cakes- I have a dark blue ink pad from 2005 that is going dry and decided to rub it in a straight line and oh my, oh my!!!,!!! Ya know those puzzle pieces I've been tracing that I got from the acme? I turned them into stamps by tracing them onto 'kids' foam. I found a lid that I have a few of and I am sending one to you, it has these notches ever so often- yummo and it looks great in black ink on top of the paint. It's 11:52pm now and off to make popcorn as our treat to usher in the new year...Have a wonderfully awesome first day of the new year Lara. Happy happies.

  2. lara says:

    wow! so much creativity joyce!
    you appeared to have rang in the new year the same as i - making art!
    thank you for being my friend and such a source of inspiration!

  3. Joyce says:

    Hey Lara, I'm looking over the G-Girlz prompt before the final yes or no and after finding and looking over the lyrics- I'm wondering what is Pedal Boys about, all we can find is something to do with music?

  4. Joyce says:

    It's me again...just letting you know that at 12:27pm I let Kristy know and it's a yes. Would still like to know about Pedal Boys though. Off to use this post again as a guide to 're-doing' one of my old papers that still needs that certain something. Happy happies.

  5. lara says:

    LOL - I have no idea about Pedeal Boys - where are you seeing or reading this?

  6. lara says:

    oh, wait - do you mean "One of the Boys" by Katy Perry ?

    I'm glad it's a yes though ;)

  7. Joyce says:

    hubby googled the artist and song based on what Kristy gave me.

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