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Friday, February 17, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's " Trying Some Intuitive Abstract"

This week I switched gears like I often do and have a work in process. I used black and white acrylic paint and a couple of colorful inks. I did some stamping and small pieces of collage. I don't like it yet. Too busy and too colorful all over. I plan on adding some black and white text pieces, some more stenciling and stamping and some gesso cover-up. Then I hope to see areas that really appeal to me to make into my focal points.  I did have fun so far though!  I am linking to Paint Party Friday.
Have a peek at that site and have a good week.
Oh yes, I have a question and would appreciate your help.
I now have some beautiful stamps from Nathalie Kalbach and from Darkroom Door.  I don't seem to understand how to use them!  I never get a good imprint with all the details.  I don't know if my inks are not good, or should I roll on some paint?  What is the best way to proceed?  Thanks so much!

22 comments:

  1. love your colourful piece. Perhaps you need some new inkpads? If they are old it could give a less than clear impression. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you Valerie. Are there any brands you can recommend?

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  2. I use a foam "pouncy" on a wood handle to add paint to my stamps. That way you can control the amount of paint on the stamp and I always practice a couple of times on newspaper to make sure it works as I expect it to work. Love your colors here. Happy PPF

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan. I will try a foam brush.

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  3. beautiful abstract Gloria!! As for your stamping-if your stamps are detailed and have fine lines you need to use a dye ink which has a harder, sturdier base than a pigment ink. But if they are deeply etched you can use pigment. The ink pads should be well inked. If I get an ink pad I love I try to buy a reinker for it. Again, if your stamp isn't too detailed you can stamp with acrylic paint or gesso LIGHTLY applied with a foam brush but immediately clean your stamp with a soft toothbrush and water so it doesn't dry on and ruin the stamp.I've been stamping and teaching classes for years so if you have any other questions feel free to contact me and ask away. Happy PPF and happy stamping!

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda for the information on different types of ink and "how to". I have only used "Staz On" stamp pads, and not successfully. But I am sure enough ink and thickness of the stamp, etc. is important. I will research the dye ink.

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  4. You may think it's too colourful and busy...but not for me! I LOVE it so much!! I have wood stamps I rarely use because they never seems to print right!! Hope you find a solution!

    Hugs Giggles

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  5. Fun is all that matters, isn't it?! I was sketching while watching the grandkids watch a kid show!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. It Is! Not worth doing if you don't enjoy it! Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Hello Gloria, those colours combined and working in and out with each other are gorgeous. I love the different shapes and markings very much.

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    1. Thank so much Sue. I enjoyed your coasters, too.

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  7. Oh how fun to see your new piece in progress! Very interesting to see where you are going with this. I'm no help with the stamps - I just use homemade things from around the house! ;) Happy PPF!

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    1. Thank you, Laney. I am interested to see where I am going, too!

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  8. Love your colors and shapes - full of mystery and magic! Have a wonderfully creative week!!

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  9. I like your abstract, Gloria, and even though you say it isn't finished, it has good balance and design and color. The advice from Linda seems valuable for all of us who stamp. I have found that Stazon doesn't stay juicy long. Maybe it needs reinking.

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