A recent travel experience and browsing through Beci Orpin‘s vibrant craft books over and over for the last few days has given me a creative jolt. And I keep daydreaming about wacky color combinations, playful shapes and odd patterns.
This weekend, I carved a set of stamps inspired by the day I spent wandering around Mid-levels, Hong Kong. The stamps are a mix of “explorer” icons and shapes that appear in my head when I think about walking about that particular part of the city — towering buildings, narrow streets, steep steps, windows upon windows that look into different and unusual spaces.
Using happy colors, I stamped patterns on paper, cards and a tote. And I love how wonderfully it all came together so effortlessly too!
You see, while I do like the challenge of making more intricate stamp designs as you may have seen in the past, I also find joy in playing around with much more simpler shapes and designs such as these. Sometimes the simpler they are, the more open-ended the stamping can be because of all the possible patterns and combinations one can make!
It’s actually a lot like exploring — If you worry less about where you’re going and not getting lost, you’d be surprised what beauty you’ll discover by simply enjoying the moment and where the road leads you. That’s what Lost In Mid-levels is all about.
You can convert your ideas and designs to stamps too! Anybody can learn it and it’s really a lot of fun. I’m holding a beginners STAMP CARVING WORKSHOP at the Maartsy Studio in Makati this coming Sunday, March 11.
Discover the many different ways you can use and play with rubberstamps. If you’re interested, simply click the link before for more info and to register: