When is a Monoprint Not a Monoprint?

Gelli Print Monotype

I’ll bet I know an art word that most stampers (including myself) have been using incorrectly for years. In fact, just as late as the most recent eArticle, I used the term “monoprint” to describe a technique that involves scribbling watercolor crayons onto a craft sheet, wetting them and pressing paper onto the color to transfer the design to paper. But today I learned that isn’t really a monoprint! It’s actually a monotype. Do you know the difference?

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Acrylic Paint Waste Down The Drain?

Stamping With Acrylic Paint Trashing Picture

After my blog post yesterday about ways to minimize or avoid acrylic paint residue down the drain, there were some differing opinions in the comments on whether rinsing tools used with acrylic paint in home drains is or isn’t a problem.

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Don’t Want to Clean The Brush?

Gesso and Freezing Brush

Amy posted a comment on yesterday’s blog post about using gesso to prep cardstock, reminding blog readers that putting *acrylic paints down the drain can be a threat to your plumbing. (If you tend to just read the blog posts right away and don’t come back to see what comments are left, you can miss some interesting stuff!) So what do you do if you don’t want to put a lot of acrylic paint down the drain?

* UPDATE: Amy clarified in the comments below that she was specifically referring to gesso. However, acrylic gesso is a type of acrylic paint that, like other acrylic paints, hardens to  permanent coat when dry. If acrylic paint dries inside pipes and enough of it builds up, it can cause clogs. So Amy’s caution about acrylic gesso is apt for acrylic paints in general.

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So What Is Gesso Anyway?

Gesso and Test Sheets

This afternoon, I did another experiment using the Strathmore Premium Cover white cardstock I purchased a few weeks ago, this time looking at how prepping it first with gesso changes the way a variety of art mediums behave on it. All of the art mediums I tested are commonly used by stampers: regular colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor markers, archival pigment markers, watercolor crayons, pastel pencils, alcohol ink markers and Gel-Sticks/Gelatos.

My inspiration to play with this traces back to my most recent “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps” eArticle. In researching the topic, I learned that you can improve dry blending of Gel-Sticks or Gelatos if you first prep the surface with a light coat of gesso. After I purchased the Strathmore Premium Cover but wasn’t happy with the way it takes colored pencils, I wondered if some gesso might make a difference. So today I gave it a try.

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A Tale of Two Drawers: Finding What You Need Fast!

Roxs Drawer

Here is a peek inside one of the IRIS storage drawers I showed you the other day. Everything fits inside the drawer. What is inside it isn’t too tall or too heavy and I can see everything in the drawer. So what is the problem here?

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My Marker and Paint Storage

My Paint and Marker Storage

Storing the stamps we use is only part of a stamper’s storage challenge. We also have to figure out efficient storage for the art mediums that we use with the stamps — like markers and paints. You’ve got to put them someplace where they are accessible. But you also need to consider each art medium’s unique storage needs.

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Interference Faux Malachite Gift Box

226 Days of VSN: Day 2:  Today is my second of “226 Days of VSN”. This time, I dipped into the July ’97 VSN for creative inspiration to turn a plan craft store box into something much more interesting.

Interference "Faux Malachite" Gift BoxBack in the ’90’s, we stampers became enamored of interference paints. These paints, available in both acrylic and watercolor versions, are very cool. When you squeeze out a little from the paint tube, it is a dull, actually kind of ugly, off-white. Not too exciting. Where it gets cool is when you brush, rub or pat the paint onto a dark surface. Put it on a surface like black, navy blue or hunter green and the hidden interference color (actually titanium coated mica chips) in the paint suddenly appears. So now you have a gorgeous green or blue or gold or whatever color on that dark surface. Beautiful magic!

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