Creating with Stamps - Lilypond

By doing what we love, we inspire the hearts of others

How totally cool are Dyan's awesome Dylusions rubber stamps, Wickerlicious, Spiralicious and Daisy Dreams? They simply ooze creativity! After a few hours of stamping, colouring, cutting, sticking and splattering, a pond with a waterlily and border of lilypads appeared on my page :)

Art journal page using Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions stamps Wickerlicious, Spiralicious and Daisy Dreams by Jenny James in 2024.

Wickerlicious stamp set is made up of 3 parts, an outer lattice border, a large flower and small centre flower. The 3 pieces fit into each other like a simple puzzle.

Dyan gave a suggestion which makes lining up the pieces quicker and easier than eyeballing it (which can take time sometimes!) ... draw a line on the back of the 3 while they're still together --- will take a photo to show how.

To build my lilypond and waterlily, I used the Dylusions square 7x7 block to print the the main flowers in separate laters, using various colours of Distress Oxide Ink Pads. Around the edge, Black Soot Archival Ink Pad was used to print the Spiralicious stamp without using a block. I printed in sections around the border of the page inside my Dylusions Ledger Journal.

Art journaling with Jenny James using Dyan Reaveley Dylusions cling rubber stamps.

I coloured everything with Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions ink sprays, dipping a paintbrush into the bottles, then once dry, blended with Tim's Distress watercolour pencils for extra shading.

Painting leaves with a brush and Dylusions spray inks

Painting water with blues of Dylusions spray inks

 Painting petals with a brush using Dylusions spray inks

While the inky page was drying, extra flower and corner stone pieces were stamped using Archival Ink Pad Black Soot onto sheets of watercolour paper. Those pieces were coloured, cut out with scissors, inked around the edges to cover the white paper edges, then glued onto the dry page.

Using Dina Wakley MEdia glossy spray to print circles or bubbles in white

Spatters of water was sprayed at the page to make the ink react and create the lovely speckled texture. Dina Wakley MEdia paint sprays in white and yellow were flicked and spritzed to add more spatter.

The white spray was used to print watery rings around the pond with a cardboard roll. Dina Wakley's gesso was used as well, going over the same rings to give more contrast. Extra spots were made by simply but dotting with the tip of the gesso bottle, being careful not to squeeze it at the same time!

stamping and spraying in to create a waterlily pond in a Dylusions mixed media journal

Tim's new Love Notes stamp set (cms477) tried to get in on the action too. I stamped two different ones in the centre which ended up being covered.

The sayings are wonderful in Tim's stamp set, perfect all year long! The one I chose says "By doing what you love, you inspire the hearts of others".

I hope this page has inspired you to have a go. Imagine it grungy with distressed ragged petals in scorched colours, pretty and light in shabby pastels, or use ultra brights and neons!

Create art your way, lose yourself in the process, enjoy how  it makes you feel ... art is amazing!

Happy Creative Days!