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Posted 1/10/2013 by looser in General Stamping

The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 1/10/2013 2:50:24 PM
Back in the '80s I taught a course in doing dot work with paint. It was mostly a way to add pattern to painted wearables. In a way, the approach was stamping since we would load & press our applicators. The applicators ranged from brush handles to wood skewers & lots in between.

Stamping lines was more problematic. One tool I like is a double-ended rubber tool from Kemper. One end is conical. Let's me make great dots. The other end is a chisel-edge of rubber. It allows me stamp very short lines. Another way to stamp short lines is the sharp edge of an eraser.

A very neat thing about using rubber 'dot & line' makers with ink? You can do the ink, stamp & pull to create a shaded shape. With the edge line you can ink, press & twist to make lots of interesting shapes.

None of these techniques is 'drawing' per se...

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:29:54 PM
Cool! Hadn't thought much about dots and lines in stamping. (My uncle has done some very nice pointillism with colored pencils.) I like the suggestion to drag the line for shading. I have a few tools called "Colour shapers" that have silicone tips. I never thought to use them as stamps. Thanks for the suggestion! I wonder if they are similar to your Kemper tool?

I've used hotel keys (credit card style) to draw scratchy lines using paint on an art journal page. I'll have to do the twist sometime!



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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:37:32 AM
ooo! I have some "brushes" that do not have bristles but grey rubber tips I found at hobby lobby on clearance I thought looked cool to play with----they're called "colour shapers" and I have a mini set. I never thought about stamping with them!! Cool! I'll have to play with these with ink and stamps!

Thanks for the idea Daniel!!


The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:24:15 AM
'reported' the last poster. If I'm wrong I apologize, but think she/he is a spammer.

Mellisa. Neat thing about the rubber-tipped tools is their capacity to be both stamps & brushes. With the cone-tipped ones I can make dots, short lines (dashes) & load the cone's side to make thumps & shading.

Tip about dots... When you load a dot-maker & stamp repeatedly? The dots get smaller. Very useful sometimes.

Daniel R. Boone
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