Behind the Scenes at Tree Wings Studio: Stamp Doodling
Hello again! In my last post,
two weeks ago, you all found me a little bored and taking a break from
my usual bead sculpting routine. I was rooting around in my studio
organizing and such, and I had pulled out some of my older polymer clay
stamps. I used to make stamps quite often and I remembered how much fun they were to make, so for this weekend I decided to play with them again.
Care to join me?
are one of my favorites and with flowers really starting to bloom here
finally, I couldn't resist. The stamp pictured here is one of my early
designs—a fun design, but some of the details are too fine and don't
transfer well to polymer. Today's design is a remake of that stamp.
Sometimes I go entirely freehand, but more often I start with a (very)
simple sketch just to get the idea out of my head and to help me keep my
bearings as I work.
the other reason I like to sketch it out first—pencil transfers to
polymer fabulously well! I simply lay my design on the polymer and
burnish it with the end of an acrylic roller.
My tools of the trade—needles!
the rest is really fun—using the needles I simply doodle away,
"drawing" my design into the polymer. I like a rustic, carved look, so I
leave the edges a tad messy.
For larger space that I want to be more raised, I'll cut out parts of the polymer…
… and then smooth it out slightly leaving a nice impression.
there you have it! A new doodled stamp! I think I'll probably do a bit
more refining (amazing how much you notice when taking photos!) and then
it will be off to the oven… and then the first stamping! I'll show you
how it turned out in my next post.