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Friday, May 02, 2014

A Must Have Tool for Artist Trading Cards

'Fiery Sunset'           2.5 x 3.5           pastel         ©Karen Margulis
 I was looking for a raven.  I rummaged through the shelves of rubber stamps on high pursuit of a raven stamp. I found a quail stamp but no raven. We were out and about in Scottsdale on our shopping and gallery hopping day. We stumbled upon a rubber stamp store and went in.  You never know what goodies can be found in a shop filled with papers, inks and stamps.

I didn't find a raven but I did find a fabulous stamp!  I had to have it. It is just the tool I needed for my mini pastel paintings. What is it?  It is a rubber stamp for the back of an artist trading card size paper (2.5 x 3.5)  It gives you a place to write in the title of the painting, date, medium, signature and contact information. I love to know more about the work that I collect and this stamp makes it neat and easy to add information to my original minis.

A few of my ATC's with the new stamp

Here are a few of the minis that I painted while in Arizona. We had one morning free so I set up my Gogh Box in the courtyard and painted minis from photos on my camera screen. It is a wonderful way to relax!  And now all of my minis will give my collectors a lot more information about the painting. I am excited!

'Sunset Serenade'        2.5 x 3.5       pastel    $15

'Under the Setting Sun'          2.5 x 3.5       pastel  $15

The brand of the stamp I purchased is  Catslife Press. I also did an Etsy search and found several other stamps with the same idea. Here is the link to my search results.

If you are interested in painting mini original pastels you might be interested in my pdf demo on how I paint minis also available in my Etsy shop here. 


CM Cernetisch said...

that is the coolest stamp I've ever seen!

Sherry Schmidt said...

Thanks Karen! Great tip!


Karen,why do you paint of ATC's? I can see how this stamp is perfect for that though.

Karen said...

Carol I love to paint this small size for relaxation, for color studies, for studies for larger works and just plain fun!