It's become my thing to try squeezing in fifteen to thirty minutes each day to play, key word here is try. For me, play usually means something creative, and a few days ago it involved stamping and painting on cards. I received this amazing RAD stamp set from Kellie Stamps last week and was finally able to put some time aside to play.
It is a great stamp set with some cool expressions on it. As soon as I saw the word RAD, I knew I'd be using it for my daughter because RAD is one of her favorite words these days. I cut card stock into 4x6 and 3x4 sizes and used watercolors to paint hearts on the paper. While the paint was still wet, I blew through a straw to move the paint around. I heard of this "bursting heart" in a recent chat I participated in, so thank you Amy Tan for that great tip! Then I stamped RAD using black ink, for my girlie of course.
So many of the expressions in the stamp set were just perfect for my daughter, so I lined several of them up on an acrylic block and repeatedly stamped on a piece of card stock to make my own pattern paper. I really like how this turned out. I am going to use it on a lay out for my daughter but really it could be used for anything. I'll share it here once I complete it :)
Yesterday's creative play involved mark making. Honestly, I had never heard the term mark making until a few months ago. I'm playing along in the Studio Calico workshop: paint.plan.play with the fabulous Ashley Goldberg and it is something she does a lot and it's right up my alley. This is my first attempt at mark making and it may not look like much but it is a good foundation on which to build. I already can feel it. I just know that mark making is going to be the basis for some really great patterns and original prints.These however will probably go into my art journal/planner or in my Project Life pages. Remember this post where I talked about the background image for my blog? Well, this is really how that came to be: creative play, mark making, pattern making. You get the idea. In fact, the arrow stamp that I used for the blog background was from Kellie Stamps. Yep, the same Kellie Winnell who sent me the RAD stamp set. Check out her site. She really is lovely.
That green right there makes me incredibly happy. Seriously, I could look at it all day. Sounds weird I know. Here's to play and to whatever form it takes for you. I hope you'll find some time for it today as I truly believe it does the mind and body good. Feel free to comment or link up with your happy color or your creative play. I'd love to see it!