all signs are stamped

The post title sounds like something you will read tucked with a map one rainy evening as you aimlessly open books in the library. ALL SIGNS ARE STAMPED, the note says, and you’re suddenly filled with a sense of purpose. An air of foreboding settles around you but you have been given a mission. Armed with the map and the knowledge that all signs are stamped, you set off to a life of adventure. And in so doing, alter the course of the universe.

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Wild yet derivative imaginings aside, the post title is merely a 4-letter summary of my latest DIY project. I made signs for an upcoming bazaar. And they are stamped.

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These are not stamps I carved myself. These are letter blocks the boyfriend got for me several years ago. I think that these were used for making school projects, at a time when home printers were still a thing of the future.

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It comes complete with currency signs, too! Perfect for the signs I made. Signs, by the way, are essential in selling at fairs. You turn passersby to potential customers when they are drawn by the things they can read in your booth.

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adventures in handstamping fabric

What great joy to print your own fabric. This is probably the best by-product of my stamp-carving adventures. And it came to me by accident, too! I remember that I just picked up the idea to stamp on pieces of canvas because I had already cut them. There was no point on letting fabric go to waste but I was not really expecting to get good results. But I did and now I can’s stop.

Here are my latest handstamped purses:

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The curved bottom purse was stamped with this Baroque design. This  is one of my older stamps. I didn’t think that it would look nice stamped on fabric but it does. I have come to realize that when it comes to stamping fabric, outlines work best.

The dreamcatcher purse is a result of a new stamp. In fact, this was a stamp that I carved only five days ago. I’ve always found feather challenging to carve, especially since my goal is to print on fabric. However, I found out that not putting too much detail will give you the best results.

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So the stamping lessons from today’s post are: 

Outlines work best.

It helps not to overthink details.

 

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witching hour decisions

It has been a little over a year since I decided to resurrect my handmade shop. The ride has been steady and fulfilling but at the back of my head, I was certain that I could do more. The answer came to us one restless 3AM (with the help of popcorn, I should add).

This leap happened right around my birthday. For the last couple of weeks, we have been slowly working on beefing up our plans with tangible and workable strategies. Our studio is currently littered with more than the usual amount of doodled receipts and calculations on random notepads.  There have been fist bumps aplenty, too. Yes, yes, we are dorks.

Today, we took the first concrete step into making this plan fly. Giddy!

SOON

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