Mandalas in Metal. Making meaning… the Zen of stamping…
The inspiration: I have a teachers aide, a former student from my pottery classes. She is an education major, very creative, multi talented, and all around pretty cool! So last summer ( gasp! I am SO slow!) I wanted to make her a special thank you present. Emma had taught a sgraffito mini lesson to the teenage class – focusing on manuals which are a love and specialty of hers. The photo above – examples of her mandalas. So when I saw the new Impress Art stamps – it was decided!
Its no secret I love stamping. My dogs aren’t fans of the hammering and decline to hang out in the studio with me…
Let me walk you through MY process; a casual tutorial.
2. Mark out your radial symmetry ( you can see mine are a little off center…) Here you see one design with 6 “arms” the other with 8. Pencil lines or sharpie, your preference.
3. Start your stamping, on your bench block and pad. Start with a design element in the center!
4. Stamp your design using the “arms” as guidelines for your repetitions.
5. Patina in Liver of Sulphur. Polish to your desired shine. ( I use a green scrubby then a polishing pad. And sometimes a brass brush.) Tumble for shine!
6. At this point I whisked them upstairs to punch holes and add ear wires!
Here are a few examples of the myriad designs possible. You are limited only by your imagination!
I was pleased with these and need to make more ASAP. There are so many options!
*Disclaimer – I received no promotions, free stuff, or any favors from the companies mentioned. I liked the products I paid full price for – and wanted to share! *