The Fickleness of a Stamper

Misc Stamps and Mediums

I have a confession: While I remain loyal to stamping, I am very fickle when it comes to art techniques and mediums used in or along side of stamping.

The articles that I like best to write are those where I can learn something new in the process and not just regurgitate things that I already know. (I know a lot about stamping and a little to a lot about all kinds of related art and craft topics.) And if you’ve read more than one of my articles in VSN or online eArticles, you know that when I really focus on something, I dig in and learn a LOT about that topic. All that detail comes out in the resulting article. So if you want to really learn about a topic and all the possibilities (and not just learn a single quick technique), VSN’s print issues or eArticles are a great place to go. I offer you more ways to use what you’ve got. (Why buy supplies to just do one technique when you can usually use them for so much more?)

If you immerse yourself in a topic, as I do when I research an article, you are likely to either get really, really sick of it or you get really, really enthused about it. Nine times out of ten, when I focus on a stamping related topic, I get enthused. In fact, that new-to-me art medium or set of techniques often becomes my favorite art medium or favorite technique EVER . . . until the next in-depth article and my new obsession. That is where my fickleness comes into play.

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Watercolor Crayon Sample Card

Watercolor Crayon Artwork

This is a quick card that I made for the “Watercolor Crayons: Techniques For Stampers” eArticle. The layout and design of the card isn’t really the strongest, but I like it for two reasons: I love the strong colors and the feel of it. And I like that it shows two very different ways that you can use watercolor crayons in stamp art: to create a vibrant background and to subtly color and shade a stamped image.

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New Watercolor Crayon Techniques eArticle POSTED!

Watercolor Crayon Techniques for Stampers

VSN’s Newest FREE eArticle, “Watercolor Crayons: Techniques For Stampers” has now been posted on the website. Are you ready to be inspired?

In the world of rubber stamps, watercolor crayons don’t get a lot of love. There is something about a crayon, with its association with the scribbled art of our childhoods, that can keep us from giving watercolor art crayons the respect they deserve. But these handy little sticks of pigment can be used in many different ways in stamping. The results can be bright and beautiful!

This eArticle introduces watercolor crayons and looks at surfaces where you might use them. Techniques include:

  • Coloring and Blending Dry (Smudging, Layering and Sgraffito)
  • Using With Regular Wax Crayons (Wax Crayon Resists)
  • Coloring Dry and Then Blending Wet
  • Heat Embossed Resists
  • Coloring on a Palette or Craft Sheet (Paint, Monoprint, Embossed Lines, Stencils)
  • Touch and Paint (Waterbrush & Blender Pen)
  • Coloring Wet (2 Techniques)
  • Coloring on a Stamp (3 Techniques)
  • Using the Shavings

52 half-sized pages designed to view comfortably on your computer screen and it is also printable! (pdf version.) Color photos of technique steps. 17 beautiful stamp art examples of the techniques covered. Also available in epub and Kindle mobi file versions for stampers who would like to read this on tablets or Kindle Readers.


Nancie, VSN