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Project: Stampstracts Triptych

I’ve fallen in love with the 4” x 4” x 1.5” Ampersand Artist Panel Primed Smooth cradled panels. They’re an easy size to work with, and because of their depth, they have such a nice, assertive look to them!

Today’s project begins with another of my favorites, Stampstracts rubber stamps by Kae Pea for RubberMoon Art Stamps. The stamps are abstract, except for the moon-like face that has simple lines indicating the placement of eyes, nose, and mouth. As you’ll see, that’s where the fun begins…Each of the three faces is different because of the added pen doodling.

It’s up to the stamp artist to draw and doodle and color as much or as little as we choose. Note that I’ve called us ‘stamp artists’! We choose the stamps, the inks, the substrates, the colors and coloring medium and that is why the word ‘artist’ applies.

Beginners: You can duplicate my project precisely as shown if you want, though I’d encourage you to branch out and see what happens. If you draw 4” squares on inexpensive paper and practice before you start on the Artist Panels to gain confidence, you’ll see how easy it is!

Others: Add more panels or switch to larger size Panels. Orient your panels as shown or go for a vertical arrangement with the ground only on the bottom panel and lots of sky. Switch to other Stampstracts or mix in additional stamps from your collection. There are endless possibilities and that’s not an exaggeration.

TIP: Need to make a little gift in a hurry? Use only one panel instead of three!

Let’s get started…


1. Glue three 4” x 4” Primed Smooth cradled Artist Panels together, slightly offset so that the center one is above the others as shown in the photo below. Alternatively, use hardware to connect them.

2. Using cosmetic sponge wedges and the surface of the inkpads as applicator tools, ink the bottom section of all three panels as well as the sides with StazOn inks in Saddle Brown, Timber Brown and Pumpkin and the top section of all three with Teal and Cobalt Blue. Allow the inks to overlap slightly, creating an off-beat shade of olive green.

3. Use Jet Black StazOn ink to stamp all images, allowing them to overlap at the ‘seams’ where the panels connect. Mask as needed so that the face on the left Panel as well as some of the other elements on all three Panels appear to be coming up from behind the horizon.

4. Smudge a bit of Pumpkin ink onto the three faces.

5. Use Pigma Micron and Graphic pens in black and Gelly Roll in white, color and doodle as shown or as you prefer.

The photos below show the left panel:

The photos below show the center panel:

The photos below show the right panel:


This is part of our on-going series of projects with artist Judi Kauffman. Judi is a nationally known designer, teacher, writer and product developer whose expertise includes collage, stenciling, paper crafting, stamp arts, embroidery, needlepoint, knitting, crochet, weaving and fabric piecing. She has written and produced three videos and is the author of five books. Judi developed and taught college-level studio art and graphic design courses for over 40 years, as well as art programs in public and private schools (elementary through high school levels). Judi earned a BFA in printmaking from Cornell University and an MFA in fibers from Antioch University. She credits her parents (both artists) and her grandfathers (a tailor and a blacksmith) for encouraging her to pursue art and for being among her favorite teachers.


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3 comments on “Project: Stampstracts Triptych”

  1. Avatar Jamie Jette says:

    This looks like such a fun project. I can see one could write hidden messages in the doodling to create a one-of-a-kind gift. Nice job, Judi.

  2. Avatar Kae Pea says:

    Fabulous!! We love everything about this! Ampersand panels and cradled bords are our favorite substrates to create on! Thank you for a wonderful share!

  3. Avatar Debbie L. says:

    What a fantastic project! Thanks so much for sharing it with us Judi.

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