Monday, July 25, 2011

"S" is for Stamps

Painted stamp art.

Inspired by these stamps:
image from USPS

I'm giving full credit to Jose Ortega, the illustrator who created the design for these Love stamps.

In the words of the USPS,  "award-winning illustrator José Ortega created an abstract garden of bright flowers, a butterfly, a strawberry, and doves, interlaced with vines that run from one stamp to another. Each prominent element of the design is in the shape of a heart."

  I simply did my own version on some reclaimed cabinet door pieces.


Detail image:

I just hope the US Postal Service doesn't come after me!

I bought the stamps because the design was so beautiful, thank you Jose.

My version:

Here's how I did it:
1. Filled holes and sanded cabinet door fronts.
Painted one coat BM wedgewood grey.

2. Draw design with pencil using stamps as inspiration:

3.  Paint with acrylics, layer up the colors.

4. Sand to distress, seal with poly.

These lovelies don't have a home yet but the wheels are spinning.

I'm linking up to:, The 36th Avenue.

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk

Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home

Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z


  1. those are so pretty- cheerful and colorful! just what i needed to see!

  2. Very nice and thanks for the how to do!

  3. Those are so fun and so pretty! I love the colors.

  4. You are making me wish I didn't have so many woodworking projects on my to-do list that I want to get done before cold weather comes again. You aren't just DIY--love this artist side you have!

  5. Those are great. I love the colors and your inspiration. And they are perfect on those cabinet doors, too.

  6. Oh, my goodness, I love the inspiration and how you used it for the doors! Fantastic!

    Artful Rising

  7. I have a bajillion drawer fronts - well maybe I am over exaggerating a bit, but I have a lot! This is such a pretty idea and great way to use up a few of those drawer fronts that I have stacked up in the workshop.

  8. Just beautiful! Following you from The Girl Creative :)

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