Sunday, May 24, 2015

diy stickers

inverted hello


20 sheets of address labels was a recent find at my local second-hand store. Originally I was going to make my own address labels, but then it dawned on me that I could make some stickers.

Rather than make them using a jpeg and my printer, I decided to paint them using acrylics and my handmade stamps and stencils. Below is a quick tutorial of how I did this.

applying a thin layer of gesso


Here is what I used to make these stickers:


  • a sheet of self-sticking, clear labels
  • gesso
  • acrylic paints
  • stencils
  • stamping inks
  • linocut stamps


So let's begin!

First, I applied a thin layer of gesso.
To keep it spreading thinly, I added a bit of water as I brushed on the gesso.


stenciled circles and blotting with tissue paper


Next, I stenciled shapes onto the gesso using yellow acrylics. To aid in drying, I took off the excess paint with a sheet of tissue paper.

side note: Using tissue paper as a blotter will leave the tissue paper with varied colors and patterns which can be used later in collages.

sheet of finished label stickers


Next, I used various stamps with acrylics and stamping inks. Can you read what it says? I have several failed stamps where I forgot to carve the mirror image of the word. I have saved them to use as embellishments.

postcard with sticker and artistamp


Since some of the stamping inks I used were not waterproof, I sprayed the sheet of labels with a fixative. Now they are ready for my mail art. Since the labels are clear, anything under the label will still show through, so I can use them in journal pages as well.

Here's to another creative week!

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9 comments:

  1. Cool! Unfortunately clear labels aren't available here in the Philippines! :^(( patsy

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  2. Very nice thanks for showing your creative process!

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  3. Awesome project. Thanks for showing your whole process. These look great. I'd love to receive mail with an added bonus like this.

    Kate

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  4. what an excellent idea thanks for sharing and they look great

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  5. What a wonderful idea! It looks like so much fun to do!

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  6. Juana, you're so brilliant. I really like this and enjoyed your mini tutorial on how to do so. Well done and thank you for sharing with us. :)

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  7. Bonjour,

    Merci pour le partage...
    Très joli travail.

    ❀ Gros bisous ❀

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  8. Patsy, if you don't have labels, you could do the same with any address label. You could also use plain paper like I did with the "turtle stamp" in the last photo.

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  9. Thank you everyone for your lovely visits and comments.

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