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Signature Stamp

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Hello! Today I want to share something I purchased off Etsy last year. I was interested in commissioning a custom rubber signature stamp to use on my hand-painted clothing pieces, so the first place I looked was on Etsy. I found a listing for a laser-engraved custom stamp where you could choose the font and the message. I contacted the shop owner and asked if it was possible to make a stamp of my signature. She said yes so I sent her the image and it was made and shipped to me–simple! I’m super satisfied with this purchase and recommend the shop. The price for the stamp was reasonable considering the amount of use I’ll get out of it. Click here to visit Salt Marketplace on Etsy :]

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I tried the stamp with regular ink on paper first and it turned out great!

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Then I tried the stamp on fabric with the fabric paint I normally use. It works well, but I have to be careful when I put the paint on the stamp because it gets into the crevices easily.

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Overall, I am very happy with the stamp. Thanks for reading!

 

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25% off Etsy Products

Hello! I wanted to formally announce that between now and April 30th, you can receive 25% off of any purchase from my Etsy shop using the coupon code SPRINGFEVER. I sell one of a kind hand-stamped clothing and original wall art. Both are perfect for spring and summer and they also make great gifts. Take a look! [The “I sell on Etsy” image to the right will take you to my shop]

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Matisse/Preschool-Inspired Collages

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A few weeks ago, I started a new body of work exclusively for my Etsy shop. The artwork, which is a series of paper collages, was actually inspired by my time spent student teaching at an elementary school this year. My cooperating teacher and I were doing a lesson with the pre-k and kindergarten students based on flowers in the springtime (it was April at the time). We read Eric Carle’s book, The Tiny Seed, and then the kids were free to create big flower pictures using shapes cut out of paper. I cut endless flower petals, leaves, stems, and circles, but it was worth it because the results were awesome!

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It was really interesting to do this lesson with both preschool and kindergarten. The kindergarten students were mostly very concerned with making their flower look like a generic daisy while the preschool students were much more free with their compositions. The latter reminded both my cooperating teacher and I of Henri Matisse‘s bold paper cut-outs. I loved the way they looked and several months later, I was still thinking about them.

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I have a pretty large collection of paper, so I decided to put it to use. I cut out lots of circles, leaves, and petals and mixed them up in a box. When I create a collage, I pick out a few shapes and arrange them based on the best way I think the colors, patterns, and textures go together. Then I just glue it all down and give it some kind of outline in black ink as a finishing touch.

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I’m really happy with the way these are turning out. These pieces are very different from the other work that I’m doing right now, which is very personal and has a lot of symbolism and meaning. The collages, on the other hand, are simply labeled as a series of compositions because I want the viewer to decide what they are looking at. I create them purely from an aesthetic point of view and leave the meaning up to the viewer.

The collages come in a variety of small sizes with the smallest being 8″ x 10″ and the largest being 14″ x 17″. They will go on sale in the next two weeks! Thanks for reading :]

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