Thursday, February 20, 2014


 Round and Round we go........where we'll stop nobody knows.


This is a whimsical project that stemmed from being cooped up with two standard poodles for a couple of weeks because of the snow.  I have WANDERLUST.  I was so excited when my good friend, Barb Rogers, dreamed up that stamp for Rubbermoon.  I couldn't wait to use it.  Who doesn't get wanderlust? Now, usually it means something a little more exciting than actually taking two dogs on their first walk in my subdivision for ages, but today it was just that. It was so exciting to watch sidewalks reappear this afternoon due to the melting snow and spring-like temperatures.  So I guess I had local wanderlust.  But I do have it for longer trips. too.  More on that later.

Wave hi to my inspirations, Angus and Tucker.


Today's walk provided the inspiration for the scenic nature of the tumbler.  As you can tell, my dogs are poodles so don't look anything like Sunny Carvalho's, but I was dying to use several of her brand new stamps so I went with a whimsical scenic extravaganza.  

I amassed some supplies including a photo insert double walled tumbler that I stockpile from Starbuck's, some Golden Fluid Acrylics, Adirondack Dye Ink pads (Stream, Bottle, Meadow, Butterscotch, Denim), Ranger Clear Resist (recently renamed as Ranger Watermark Resist Ink), Ranger Perfect Medium pen, cosmetic sponges, thin liner paintbrushes, Perfect Paper Adhesive, glossy (non-photo) paper, and an assortment of Rubbermoon stamps.

*******Linked list of those stamps to follow below.

The first step was to use the paper found inside the tumbler as a template.  I drew around it and cut it out. 

Once cut out, I planned my scenery by setting out some many of the stamps.  I left them there as I began the resist stamping.  I used several of Kae Pea's Mid Century Moderns as well as some of the  square stencils she designed for StencilGirl, and randomly placed them throughout the scene.  It does not show up well in the photo since it is clear, but you can see the lower border I stamped if you look closely.  Don't worry--all will be revealed. 

I used the Perfect Medium pen to add some grass detail that would become ground level for my scene.

If you are familiar with my book,  Texture Effects for Rubber Stamping, this process took up the whole first chapter.  I allowed the resist ink to dry for about 15 minutes and then took one cosmetic sponge and alternated coloring in a circular manner with ELBOW GREASE, to bring out the resist ink. In the next photo, you will see the result. 

Once this dried in a few minutes, I added another layer of the same colors to make the color transitions a little smoother.  That can also be achieved by adding some brown in various areas to unite the color, but in this piece I wanted the colors to stay vibrant.  I did a lot of air drying for this project but you can heat to dry for about 10 seconds to hurry the process.

I then began the stamping process using the same inks that were already used and the addition of an Espresso Adirondack pad.  Many times I add detail to the resist with a reverse stamp, or by off-setting with the same stamp.  I started my stamping by doing that in the background and border. I repeated that concept with the stencil again as well.

Stamp List in Detail:

Lil Flower 1
Lil Flower 2
Lucy Bird
Beg Your Pardon
Three Rings
Mod Marks Dark
Mod Marks Light
Light Crescent
3 Story Home
Musical Notes
Forget Me Not
To the Moon & Back
Be Mine
Wanderlust (available at Rubbermoon, but too new to be online)
Star Tree
Braided Circle

Detailing the resist grass was a little more challenging but doable.  I wet a liner brush and drug it through my Bottle inkpad and drew grass.  (sorry for the lousy lighting).  I then put a drop of Titan Buff, Quinacridone Magenta, ,Bronze Golden Fluid Acrylic on my palette and began adding some "noise" throughout the grass area, highlighted some stars, the moon, the house, etc.  This is my favorite part, believe it or not.

I decided I wanted to add some more depth so I stamped the musical note background in meadow onto some of the leftover glossy. I loved that the pad was so juicy that there was extra ink on the solid part of the background. I stamped, separated by line, and outlined in black the Moon and Back stamp and affixed it to the glossy with matte Perfect Paper Adhesive.  I then handcut and outlined three hearts and affixed them just above the dog.  I hand drew balloon markings and strings to atttach the balloons to the leash. 

To finish this tumbler off, I outlined the perimeter with a black Sharpie and signed. I chose to spray two light coats with a Krylon UV Resistant Sealer to keep the colors sharp. 

Here it is in totality--flat.  There's a lot going on in it, for sure!  It changes, though, once it is in the tumbler because the circular shape allows the eye just to see parts and it becomes just enough for my eye.  

To place in the tumbler, just roll it up similar to the inner barrel and slowly push it in.  It will naturally expand once it reaches the top.  Screw the bottom of the tumbler back on. I handwash the tumblers I've done for myself and they still look fresh and brand new.  Make yourself one.  It will make you smile all day.


BONUS:  Here's my mainstay personal one that is 6-7 years old and used frequently:
(Angus photobombed the third picture that I took in my powder room in pitch black. I had no idea he was there until the flash delay occurred.  I had to leave it in.  He's such a ham.)

 And finally.......