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Saturday, March 24, 2012

I'm a member of the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team!


Hoorah!  My application to the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team was accepted, and I am now a member. My first official post will be on April 2.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd share this background I did in my Mead Dayrunner.  It's my on-the-go art journal.  I draw in it when I'm in long lines or waiting at Doctors and Dentists.

I painted over my notes in past pages with metallic blue acrylic paint, then painted my Optical Background stamp with gesso.  I stamped on both pages.  (Note: gesso usually washes off, especially if you wash with soap and water immediately after stamping.  But you may need to pick out dried bits of gesso from the stamp afterward) When the gesso dried, I colored over with the white with colored markers.  Then I inked up my Balloon Airship stamp using a Staz-on Midnight Blue stamp pad.  I stamped on the right page, and the used up the rest of the ink by stamping on the left page.  


I had to take my mother to a Doctor's appointment (and at Kaiser you have to wait for the longest time) so I ended up finishing these pages.  I used a Preppy Fountain Pen with Noodler's Heart of Darkness ink.  I had to be careful not to smear, but the ink dried faster than I thought it would.  To finish, I used a Pentel Sunburst white gel pen to add a few highlights.

Obviously, in this picture, a giant Kraken (sort of a giant squid) has reached out from the oceans and pulled down this poor air balloon!  Now isn't that a cool thing to be drawing during a time that would otherwise be boring as all get out?

Head on over to the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog to find out who else made the team! (and if you haven't already taken advantage, check out the deal on the left sidebar.  You can get a 15 unmounted rubber stamps just for posting the Viva Las Vegastamps! blinkie on your blog!)

14 comments:

  1. that's awesome! Congrats on making the team!

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  2. Congrats, Sandra! I think you will be their best designer!
    I have received the sample stamps, but I haven't decided how to use them, yet. Looking forward for your first entry!!

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  3. congrats and this book is awesome! tfs...wondering, what pen do u use to tangle in it?

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    1. Thank you all!

      Jane, I used a Preppy Fountain pen with Noodler's Heart of Darkness ink.

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    2. I should qualify that--I used the Preppy on this particular page because the acrylic paint I used for the background is hard on most pens. Most of the time though, I just use what ballpoint pen is handy--Pentel Energels are great for smearing on gesso, and you can get a good line if you give them time to dry. Pilots and Bics all work. It was just this page that required something that kind of dug in.

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  4. Congrats! I look so forward to working with you!!!!

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  5. Yay! This makes it much easier to stalk each other now doesnt it! :)
    Congrats teammie!!! You inspire me!

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    1. We'll be be stalking each other all over the place!

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  6. Is that an airship from Viva Las Vegastamps!? Fun art!

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    1. Yep! I stamped the Optical Background using gesso, and then stamped the airship with Staz-on.

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  7. Congratulations! I look forward to being one of your newest stalkers...and to seeing what you dream up next!

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  8. Wow, this is so pretty to look at... nice work :o)

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