Stamps are not just for cardmaking, but can help you express yourself in an art journal. If you have never journaled with images, it is a wonderful experience. I first learned about it in my 20s via a book about Art Therapy - which is just a fancy way of saying healing through art. This can include deep-rooted issues or just daily problems and concerns. There is not one person alive who couldn't use a positive outlet for their emotions.
But just expressing myself in messy crayons to expell anger is not enough for me - I want a figure to work around.
I create girl stamps to make it quick and easy to get a figure onto a page, even for someone who is good at drawing. I love to use other people's stamps and alter them once they are on the page, but even just a stamped image alone can do a lot for a page without doing anything else to it at all.
If you have only used stamps to make cards, I invite you to try them in a journal.
Whenever I see Lisa Fulmer, she has a smile from ear to ear. Always. She seems to be at every artsy event and has her crafty hand on a little bit of everything, bringing sunshine wherever she goes. I love this girl. I am happy to promote her new book, Craft Your Stash. The idea of the book is to take what you already have and make pretty things. I even made a project from it. I used Suzi Stamps I made for Unity Stamp Company.
The project I did is from page 28, 'Personal Calling Cards.' Instead of business cards, I propose the idea of Random Acts of Kindness Cards, using Suzi Stamps, of course. The idea is to stamp my figures onto cardstock, add loving and happy statements to them, and then leave them for someone to find and keep. I like to add them to a tip when I am out of town. I like to make small art when I am on the road, and I believe waitresses work harder than anyone and need cheering up.
I wish that everyone’s personal integrity would make saying this unnecessary, but as I have learned the hard way more times than I can count, it does’t.
Each Suzi Blu template is meant to be used just once - as a jumping off point so you can recreate that particular piece of art while becoming more confident in your own artistic abilities. If you want to make more paintings or other art using what you’ve learned in a particular class (for example, you want to make more than one “Patchwork Angel”), by all means do so, but please respect my copyright and draw any further angels yourself. That’s the only way you will improve your skills as an artist and also develop a style of your very own. If you still don’t have confidence in your drawing abilities, I have a separate class that teaches the basics of drawing pretty girls that can help you get there! https://www.etsy.com/listing/179725784/drawing-pretty-girls-art-workshop-with?ref=related-5
Using my templates over and over again (especially my face templates) and/or copying any of my paintings to make what you then go on to call your own “original” art - without giving me credit as your teacher or as the artist who actually did the drawing - and without linking to the particular class of mine where you were given the template in the first place - is definitely not kosher and violates the trust I put in you when I supplied you with the template. And, in the end, you are only hurting yourself because you aren’t truly developing your own skills and *you* and the Universe both know the truth, regardless of whether or not you try to distance yourself from me and pretend that you never took any of my classes.
Over the years, I have taught THOUSANDS of women, many, many of whom have gone on to become successful artists in their own right. Sadly, I can count on one hand the number who have *ever* credited me for teaching them skills that they went on to turn into a very successful career. I see countless women in magazines who have taken every single class I’ve taught and have written to tell me how much they’ve learned from me and that they couldn’t even draw anything but stick figures before taking my classes, etc., etc. Imagine my surprise that every single one of them then goes on to describe themselves in print and in their shops as a “self-taught” mixed media artist. What a slap in the face. I feel silly that I actually thought my students would be my best advocates and that I would never have to do any advertising because word-of-mouth would be more than enough. I had no idea that the vast majority of them would go on to take credit for my work and never even mention my name. As you can probably imagine, this has really soured me on teaching.
On a more positive note, it was those very things I noted above that helped me decide to once again design rubber stamps for Unity Stamp Company. http://unitystampco.com/product-category/suzi-blu-is-back/ At least this way, the people who purchase the stamps are legitimately using them when they stamp the same image more than once. Former students reusing my face templates over and over again in all of their “original” paintings helped make it easy for me to decide to finally design a face stamp, and I really love how this one turned out! http://unitystampco.com/shop/gypsy-face-exclusive-stamp-suzi-blu/ Since there are no eyebrows or hair, and not even a facial shape, it is easy to make this one stamp into very different-appearing people. I couldn’t be happier with it!
I wish all of my previous students the best, but if you are still using my templates from the last several years to make and sell your art, you haven’t really taken yourself and your art very seriously. Don’t you think it’s time you put all of that practice to good use and trust your own abilities enough to let your “true” original artwork shine?