One of Milliande's prompts was to create a journal page using stamps: hand carved stamps from rubber, linoleum, erasers or potatoes. I decided to make some stamps using a potato and I had so much fun! I made three different stamps using one potato and a small paring knife.
I had so much fun with them, that I decorated some copy paper that I had stuck in the back of my journal. I'll use them as collage items later on in another journal spread.
Here are my finished journal pages. For the background, I used my zebra inspired stamps to resemble African mud cloth, and I put a border around the page using my triangle stamp.
I applied a light wash of gold craft acrylic to the background, and I blended black and gold craft acrylic to paint in the mask. The mask still "reads" as black, but by lightening the black with gold, I was able to add black accents to the finished mask.
I added details with red, black, ochre yellow and white Prismacolor colored pencils. This was a great project to do on a cold, dreary afternoon. It wouldn't surprise me if you see more potato prints in the future. The potato was easily carved using a paring knife, but if you have linoleum cutting tools (which I was too lazy to dig out!) or other sculpting tools, those would be helpful too. Whatever your material of choice, I hope you'll try carving your own stamps. Remember: "Celebrate, LOVE, and Create!"