I know, I get a little overly excited about the cool stamps that arrive from around the world. But there are some seriously cool stamps out there! Unfortunately, almost none of them are from the US, we tend to produce the most expensive and yet somehow, also the most boring, dull stamps in my opinion.
Check out these fabulous little warrior guys. This first one is telling a lion to take a hike! I love that. I want to tell lions to take a hike. Of course, I'd like to see a lion first. THEN I'd tell him to take a hike.
I don't know who this next guy is, but I like to think he's Hanuman, the Monkey King. I'm pretty sure this is what Hanuman would look like. He looks like he could definitely move a mountain if he picked one up! (More on Hanuman: http://www.holymtn.com/gods/Hanuman.htm)
I've been thinking a lot lately about what to DO with all the fabulous stamp bycatch that comes my way. I generally use stamps that are more monochromatic in my art, but then I have stacks of really interesting, neat stamps left, like these, that continually fuel my imagination. I think I'm going to try my hand and writing children's stories using these stamps. I just have to figure out how to make a book....
Then of course, there are always lots of nature-inspired stamps that I find fascinating. These I actually sort into two boxes- one for animals (appropriately stored in a wooden penguin box given to me by my friend Kristin) and the other for flora (appropriately stored in floral covered cardboard jewelry box that is one of my favorite thrift shop finds from last year). This picture doesn't really do these stamps justice as they have a lot of fine detail and beautiful, eye-popping colors.
Most amazing stamp find to date: a hand painted stamp from Bhutan!! I'll be posting that one next week with more amazing stamp finds.
Andrea at Studio 6