The WEEDS rubberstamp set is happening oh so slowly. Here’s a look at the process of painting the custom box that will house the stamps.
Step 1: Design layout. I made the weeds overlap every surface so they look like they’re taking over the box.
STEP 2: Because I’m producing a few copies of this artwork (in artspeak it’s called a ‘limited edition multiple’), I trace the design so each set will be the same.
Step 3: I mixed my own black because I am a NERD. Not all blacks are equal. The stuff in tubes is usually flat and one-dimensional. You can’t see in the photos, but this is actually a very dark navy-grey that comes out as rich, warm black against the nyatoh wood’s reddish tone. I mix in equal parts sealer (the white stuff, dries clear) for durability.
Step 4: Here we go!
Step 5: Paint paint paint. I start from the top left and work my way across.
Step 6: OMG done! The top of the box is a lid that slides out, but when closed it just looks like one continuous surface.
Step 7: Identification underneath the box. ‘AP’ means artist proof, which is like a trial run piece – you work out all the glitches so that the proper editions will be perfect, or as close as you can get.
Step 8: Now this baby is ready for waxing, which protects the wood, gives it this crazy sexy satiny sheen…
…and brings out the beautiful grain.
This thing is taking up alot of hours, but I’m loving every second. More than anything, this is the part of my job I dig the most. The making.