Thursday 26 April 2018

Using stamps and stencils in pottery painting.

Good Morning all! How are you today? I hope you are well. Today I want to bring you another way to use your rubber stamps and that is in pottery painting. Those of you that follow my blog will be aware that this has become a love of mine - but I have before this post - been stamping in distress inks onto pots and then painting over them. For this post I have tried actually stamping in glaze and also using glaze through stencils to make a vase look pretty!

I have used Kay Carley stamps and stencils from paperartsy throughout this process. I started with a square vase, my stencil, some dobbers and some glaze. I applied the glaze through the stencil to each surface of the pot.

This is one stencilled side. I used a different coloured glaze for the butterflies.

Next I brayered out some glaze onto a piece of acetate and then used a stamp to apply this to the pot.

I did some more stamping using some flower stamps and painted these in to complete the design.

After firing this is what my vase looks like ...

and here's another side too!

I hope you might think about using your stamps and stencils on pottery too - the stronger colours work best for the stamping and the stencilling works really well as you can easily add more than one coat!

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Thursday 19 April 2018

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Ioulia !

Hello and welcome back ! Today we are welcoming Ioulia as our Guest Designer, Ioulia was the winner of the Off to Collage challenge and was therefore invited to join us for a day. Let's move on to hear from Ioulia:

Hi Stamps and Stencils lovers! I am Ioulia Deligiannidou (julD) from Greece. I live in Thessaloniki, it is a seaside city. I am so happy to be a Guest Designer at Stamps and Stencils. It is such an honour to be here today. Thank you so much.
I loved painting and crafting from my early years, but instead of becoming an artist I became an engineer who loves to create things in her free time. So, crafting is my hobby. I love to create with whatever I can get my hands on. Mixed media fascinated me because I can combine many techniques and materials. My favourites are clay and texture in paintings. 

My project is a mixed media painting on mdf.

At first, I applied modelling paste with stencils on an mdf  board..

Then, I used a coat of white gesso and when it was dry, I added two colours of acrylic paint. While the paints were still wet, I dropped drops of alcohol. The paint reacts and creates a circular effect.

I used oil paint and wiped it back with a cloth. I rub with sandpaper the flowers.

I stamped with circles, words and butterflies stamps.

 I stuck gold leaf to the petals of the big flower.

I applied gesso and acrylic paints with alcochol drops on a second mdf board to use it as a frame. I wiped back the alcohol with kitchen roll.

I stuck the two mdf boards together and I applied gold paste at the edges.

I hope you like it. 

You can find me

Wow Ioulia your project is gorgeous ! Thank you so much for joining us today and providing such fabulous inspiration for the current challenge, In the Meadow.  

There's still plenty of time to join us !

Thursday 12 April 2018

Funky Foam Stamps and Gelli play

Hi, Ruth here with an inspiration post all about making your own foam stamps and using them with a Gelli or Gel Press plate. For those of you who might follow my instagram posts you'll be aware that I joined in with a daily challenge in March set by the very talented Birgit Koopsen. It was all about getting to know your Gelli plate following daily prompts.....I can highly recommend it, so many fab techniques and inspiring posts by other creatives. I definitely got hooked on using my Gelli plate and one of my favourite prompts was all about making your own foam stamps.

I used funky foam which had an adhesive backing and I got lots out of one sheet which cost about £1. I cut them freehand and found the organic nature of these very effective when using with a gelli plate, the 'rougher' the better. The first few I made I stuck to cardboard but then remembered I had some wooden blocks that I'd salvaged from old fashioned rubber stamps that I didn't use anymore so they got a new lease of life.

I also used some heat moldable foam which I've had for years.

I was so inspired I made a short video that I shared on's less than a minute long (it has to be for instagram) and I thought I'd share it here.

I now have lots and lots of background papers that will form the basis of my cards this year...and I can't stop making even more papers. Here are a selection of them.

I also used another fab prompt on this one - egg boxes!

A tag this time, I love the way the foam removes some of the paint

Lovely mix of green paints on the Gelli plate

Once dried I added a thin layer of pearlescent green

before pulling the print.

Such a variety of prints

Another version using the leaf and circles stamps

These last 2 cards used the moldable foam impressions I made. First I enhanced the buttons theme

lastly I added some splashes of gold to this pearlescent painted paper.

I hope I may have inspired you to have a go at making some foam stamps..... and getting to know your Gelli plate is highly recommended!! There is plenty of time to join in with our 'In the Meadow' challenge this month and as always thanks for stopping by. Ruth x

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Winners - Wax Lyrical

Hello and welcome back ! Today is the day when we announce the winner and top 3 of the last month's challenge. This post is slightly different as there were only 2 entrants for the Wax Lyrical challenge, so I guess you guys don't like wax ! Therefore, there will be 2 winners for this challenge, congratulations go to:

Congratulations to you both ! Please contact for the details of your guest post and your winners badge.

There's plenty of time to join in with the curent challenge In the Meadow.

Thursday 5 April 2018

In the Meadow

Hello there! Rachel here with a new challenge for the month of April. I have chosen the theme of ' In the Meadow.'

I want to see your interpretation of that theme which could involve lots of grasses, wildlife or whatever you think. Just make sure you use stamps, stencils or both in your make! Here's what my teamies and I came up with. I just love what everybody has done! Just click on the names to be transported to their blogs!

I do hope you'll be able to join us!

Big hugs

Rachel x