Jessica Sporn of Jessica Sporn Designs is, among a myriad of other things, a stamp designer. She has recently created a series of new stamps being showcased and sold through RubberMoon Stamps. Jessica asked several artists to "test drive" her new stamps, and I am thrilled to have been one of those artists. My goal in the studio today was to create something artful with Jessica's stamp called "Hamsa Blessing." Not being familiar with this "blessing," I had to do a bit of research before beginning. Here's what I found:
The hamsa has been variously interpreted by scholars as a Jewish, Christian, or Islamic amulet, and as a pagan fertility symbol. Yet even as the magical form remains shrouded in mystery and scholars debate nearly every aspect of its emergence, it is recognized today as a kabbalistic amulet and as an important symbol in Jewish art. (taken from My Jewish Learning)
Armed with this knowledge, I was ready to begin...but, begin what? This is where the Feeling Sketchy website came into play. The sketches provided by this site are primarily used by visitors to create cards, but any artistic endeavor is welcomed. Here's the sketch for this week:
Feeling somewhat in a beige-y mood today (it's Monday, after all), I sat in front of my towers of 12" x 12" scrapbooking papers and just started pulling out papers that caught my eye. Here are the supplies I used for my card:
- Graphic45's A Ladies' Diary Collection (Moment in Time)
- The Paper Company's Buckskin Brown (feels like suede!)
- Prima's 12" x 12" Burlap
- Turquoise and beige card stock from my stash
- RubberMoon stamp called "Hamsa Blessing"
- Recollections foam adhesive mini circles
- Ranger "Coffee" Archival Ink
- Petaloo's burlap flower
Here's my card, along with some detail photos.
I loved learning something new today. I would like to thank Jessica Sporn for allowing me the privilege of playing with her "Hamsa Blessing" stamp, and I hope you will visit RubberMoon Stamps to check out Jessica's other stamps. You will find them here.
Lastly, when you're feeling like you need a bit of inspiration, take a moment to check out "Feeling Sketchy." You will find them here.