How to Mask a Stamp


I made the 6″ square piece using paints on Ranger’s manila card stock along with Wendy Vecchi’s new flower and gesso.

There is something special about that manila. I’ve tried using file folders but the paints and inks just don’t show the same way. One of my favorite posts from earlier this year was showing as many projects as I could make from one piece of it, which I posted here.

This journal is made up of watercolor papers, and this page is one that I’d painted with gesso to cover previous efforts:


The challenge for myself on this was to bring the journal page up to match the manila paper. Because the paper bases were different it took some time to play with my Golden Paints to make a match. This is one of those ones where if you have time to let things dry, it’s a pleasure.

I stamped the open design flowers randomly and then made a mask using sticky-back paper, like post-its:

I covered the flowers with the mask one at a time, then stamped Wendy’s script background without a block, intentionally missing some parts. Then I painted over the page several times with different washes of color:

Last, I layered on paints and more stamps. I liked the way the gesso seeped into the paints on the manila piece, maintaining its white but showing traces of the underlying colors. Gave it a pop of magenta paint in the center and outlined everything with black Faber Castell gelatos, smudged with my fingers.

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