The truth is there is no such thing as a perfectly stamped image. Under a microscope the image would reveal discrepancies in colour and intensity of impression because the work is hand done. But - I can get pretty close to a perfect image if that is what I am striving to achieve. Once in a while, just as in life, things do work out perfectly and I stand back in awe and the feeling of serenity when I see that clear, clean, crisp, perfect image on my project. But when it is just a regular old day in my imperfect life I don't let an imperfect stamped image stop me from using my stamps. I will just go with the flow and stamp away to my heart’s content because I know I can alter or cover up the slight imperfections that only me, the perfectionist, will notice. Yes, it is usually only me that puts my work under a microscope.
I have attempted to achieve the perfectly stamped image over and over and these are the times my stamping sessions turn out worse than possibly imagined. In moments of clarity during feelings of frustration and anger during these types of sessions I realize that it is the actual act of stamping that is trying to teach me about which emotions I am not addressing away from the art session occurring in my real life. I bring me and my emotions and events from life into my studio with me. When this happens I stamp through my feelings and eventually find my way out of the cloud of negativity into understanding what is bothering me. Stamping can be wonderfully cathartic.
So many times I practise on scrap paper and get what appears to be a perfect image and then with great confidence I stamp on my card only to produce an inferior or partial image. This can be frustrating if I allow it but this is when creativity extends into problem-solving skills in art. I very rarely will throw any stamped image away but rather collect my little imperfections for a different day and use them in other projects that are waiting for partials or imperfections. Always on a different day things seem clearer and I am not so critical of my work.
I am what I would describe as a spontaneous stamper. I am spontaneous as it relates to everything about spontaneity . My stamps can be tucked away for weeks or months at a time and then all of a sudden they are out and being used for continuous days stringing into months at a time. That one thought or that one suggestion or that one image can strike the action within me and I am gone for hours at a time, stamping my worries away as I create in my studio.
I think I make too much out of using stamps and I think that is related to being stung a few times by the competitive stamper that introduced me to the art and craft of stamping a very long time ago. Funny how the negative impact of someone who goes before me can remain with me if I allow it to hover there in my creative soul. I really need to let go of that competitive stamper’s hold on me. I need to do it now! I need to just stamp, stamp and stamp some more.
Simple Tips To Get Stamping
Limit your colour pallet of inks and stamps. Too much of anything causes a feeling of being overwhelmed.
Types of inks can be very confusing. Dye ink = dry= fast drying, which further simplified means the ink pad is on the drier side, stiff/flat and is best used with simple lined images for clear/perfect results. Pigment ink= wet=slow drying ink, and can be used with images with huge amounts of detail needing lots of coverage and can also be used for wet embossing. (I just found this out the other day while watching a video. I was told I could only use Versa Mark (manufacturers name for ink pad for use of any and all colour embossed stamped images.) Practise with these two types of inks to achieve whichever type of results you need.
Paper can also be confusing. Always experiment on the properties of the ink you choose as compared to the weight/absorbency of the ink on the paper.