Just Playing with the Fred Mullett Fish Stamp

I have stamps, a lot of them.  I don’t use them very often – but I have them.  I never heard of Fred Mullett stamps until they showed up at Random Arts in Saluda. Jane used a water color paint technique with this fish stamp.  That’s all it took..

I knew I couldn’t just stamp a fish and I couldn’t get this idea out of my head….

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*  Golden paint was applied to a Gelli Plate and applied to the paper first, then on Napoleon’s pants.  I doodled water marks on the paint but it’s too light to see.

*  Water color paints were applied to the stamp prior to stamping on the paper.  Slits were made in the paper so Napoleon could be slipped in to appear as though he’s wearing a fish suit.

Then I tried something a little more conventional…

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*  Water color paints were applied to the stamp prior to stamping on the paper.  The most prominent fish was stamped first – then the others were stamped randomly without applying more paint to the stamp.  The prominent 1/2 fish was stamped after applying more paint to the stamp.  The most prominent fish components were outlined with a Copic 003 pen.  The lighter fish components were highlighted with a #2 pencil.

*  Everything else is free hand and doodled with a 003 Copic pen

COULDN’T HELP MYSELF AND KEPT PLAYING WITH THE FISH STAMPS….

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* The top half is an Art Impressions stamp stamped with Momento black ink on a 3″ x 7″ scrap piece of paper, colored with pencils.

* The bottom half is the tail of the Fred Mullett Fish stamp – stamped with watercolor paints and doodled.

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* I gelli printed the background using golden paints.  Then the Fred Mullett fish stamp was stamped on a 4″ x 10″ Arches Watercolor Block, using watercolor paints and doodled with a 003 Copic pen.  I used a Copic 003 pen to outline some highlights and color pencils were used to highlight around the fish.

There are so many possible variations to using this stamp.  Love it.