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Old 05-06-2009, 04:12 AM
k_nak k_nak is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Diego
Posts: 136

That's a good question Amy, and one that I'm sure you could help me out with.

I think the biggest potential mental obstacle, when someone approaches the notion of scenic stamping, is getting beyond the barrier of a couple things that they've probably been practicing. There are some people that are introduced to the medium of rubber stamps through scenic stamping or get into rubber stamping because of scenic stamping. But, most people usually come into scenic stamping through other genres of rubber stamping. They learn careful placement of images, masking, coloring imagery and text. Sometimes stamp positioners are used. Color application is mostly in specific areas and a lot of times within outlined stamp imagery.

This is different from scenic stamping in many ways. In scenic component stamping, we want separate images to blend in with one another to give a seamless appearance to an overall. Overlapping and the blending of images, colors, etc. contribute to this idea and that's where someone might run into a mental roadblock or feel intimidated by the process --based on what they've learned as far as overlapping, careful positioning, etc. I feel, in reality, scenic stamping is easier in this respect. I think the overlapping of images blends the images together rather than seeing the process as somewhat of a jigsaw puzzle where items have to fit perfectly next to one another. It's much more free than that and there's a much greater tolerance of stamp placement than using outlined images.

The order of stamping can be a confusing notion as well. If someone were stamping out a birthday card that had a word stamp that said "Happy Birthday" and another stamp of confetti and yet another stamp of a birthday cake, in most cases, the order in which those images are stamped might not matter (unless they're overlapping each other). But in scenic stamping, if depth is involved with things such as background, mid ground, and foreground images, it can kind of boggle the mind as far as the order in which one has to stamp out the images. This is understandable. My simple solution is to generally stamp out the main object in a scene which is often the largest. There are many exceptions to this, of course, but this is where I start beginning students or people at a make-and-take. From there, you can address the space around that main image. For example, if I stamp a cabin and it's sitting in the middle of my card, I might want to fill in the space to the sides of it with trees. Then, I might apply some grass below it. From there, I might want to fill in the sky with a cloud. Bottom line is that I'm just taking the scene and breaking it up into a one-step-at-a-time process. And, it doesn't take long to get the hang/feel of composition building.

Finally, sometimes people can get intimidated by thinking of scenic stamping images as a technique. In reality they're just a medium that can be used with any media of your choice. People don't need to learn another media technique in order to stamp scenes. If someone enjoys working with colored pencils then they should use them to color their scenes. If they like Copic Markers, then they should try them in scenic stamping. If they like to emboss designs, then maybe they should try embossing images and maybe coloring them in with chalks or markers. Basically, first try scenic stamping with media that they already love to use. My personal favorite is dye based inks but I don't think of them as "the best" media for the stamps. I just happen to like achieving a lot of contrast in my scenes but I also love all of the different ways people use the stamps that go beyond my usage.