Bright and early this morning, we (JoeR, JoeM, Betty and Carole) jumped in the car and drove to Cincinnati for Stampaway XVIII, produced by Stamp Your Art Out! When they say it is a learning and shopping rubber stamping extravaganza, they mean it!
As soon as we walked in, we noticed that Amy Flowers of Shrew’dArts was just starting a demonstration on Mixed Media Collage. Amy has an alternative art studio in Columbus, Ohio and is a self-taught fine artist. JoeM and I couldn’t resist. In 30 minutes she showed us how to prepare a canvas for collage, beginning with layers of pattern tissue coated with Golden Matte Medium. From there, she added gauze and knocked down areas she planned to paint later with Gesso. We were mesmerized.
While we watched Amy, Betty and Carole hit the shopping floor. After the demonstration, we joined them and were in awe when we saw the variety and caliber of the exhibitors.
I was especially excited to meet Joni Russell from Artful Illusions. They design rubber stamps and collect ephemera. Their latest collection of steampunk stamps is fantastic! I can’t wait to stop by their store, Mrs. O’Learys when I’m in Kansas in October for the Midland Crop. The books Joni has designed are amazing!! I was immediately inspired to take my ephemera hunts to the next level.
Her display of metal engravings caught my eye and I couldn’t help but stare as she helped folks sitting at a table at her booth create a small engraved piece. After lurking I finally sat down and gave it a try. I laughed, smiled, giggled and beamed while I created a small 2” square “fish.” I can easily see this going on a book cover, card or scrapbook page. Magdalena offers a two day certification workshop in Texas and I’ve already started to plan how I can get down there to take it.
We stayed so late we closed the show! Folks starting packing up their booths and it was time for us to head home. But first, we stopped at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen for some French Quarter flavored seafood. MMM was it good!
The last six months have been amazing. I’ve met designers and artists that have filled my head with ideas and possibilities. I’ve seen products that just scream CREATE. I can’t wait to clear my plate, sit down and start to play. It’s time to explore some new techniques, tools and projects. It’s going to be a very crafty fall.