Monday, May 9, 2016

A Meaningful Stamp

This stamp reminds me of my mother.

When I saw this stamp, "Never Stop Dancing," by Penny Black (link below), I immediately thought of my mother. It was on my Amazon wish list for at least a year. It’s now on my craft table. *eep!*

I colored the clothing to resemble my mom’s favorite outfit, a thick velvety sea green/blue jacket (with a black pattern I, sadly, can’t recall), and a black skirt. We buried her in it along with the bedroom slippers we couldn’t talk her out of.

When I finished coloring and cutting it, I wanted to display it but didn’t have any idea how. My daughter Dawn has been doing some mixed media, decoupaging pretty napkins on old book and magazine pages for possible journal pages. She made one I particularly liked and gave me a piece, the one you see here. It was just what I was looking for. (It's difficult to photograph because the silver is shiny, even without a flash.)

Let me back up a little. I spotted these sturdy little graduation box signs at the Dollar Tree and thought, hmm, I bet I could re-purpose them for my art. And so I did.

I peeled off what I could of the original sign (I tried painting over it with white gesso, but I wasn’t happy with it), and then decoupaged Dawn’s paper onto it. I blended Viridian and Aquamarine Archival Ink along the edges, and finished it up with Black Soot Distress Ink, all by Ranger.

I place pop-dots on the back of my lady to give her depth, centered her on the box and called it done.
I love it!

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