It has been several weeks since I played in my art journal and I got the "itch" to play last night. I had been watching Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday video for this week, where she did a painted stamp resist. I liked the idea of a resist, but she also challenged us to use a stamp we've been hiding away for that perfect project.... I've had this Tim Holtz "hand" stamp for about a year.... definitely time to use it! It evolved into a masking project.... Here's what I ended up with....
I started by stamping the alphabet background (Wendy Vecchi-Studio 490) , available HERE, on the right side of the page in black archival ink. Then used the TH sprocket/gear masks to .... well.... MASK over the background. Then used pumice stone, vintage photo, walnut stain and black soot distress inks to blend over the masked sections, leaving the white background behind. Added some idea-ology timepieces & sprockets and game spinners.
On the left hand side, I didn't have a mask for the hand stamp, (Tim Holtz cling mount set #83) so I made my own... stamping the image on the white background, then stamping the image again on a scrap of paper, cutting the image out and placing it over the image on the page with temporary adhesive. Stamped another Studio 490 background image over the masked hand, then used the distress inks to blend all the colors together. Removed the mask to reveal the hand with the white background.
Wrote the "Hands of Time" message in white India Ink, available HERE. Had to go over it several times to get the white to *pop* --- (*note to self - use a spray fixative over distress ink before using white ink over top.... the distress inks bleed.... reactive with water and all... like we've heard Tim, and Wendy, and Jennifer, etc. etc. say a *million* times.... DUH*).
Added some tissue tape, and some white gesso circle stamps (lid of a mini mister.... perfect....).
I'm happy with how it turned out - and was grateful for the inspiration to finally USE that stamp!
Have a great day!