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Creating Faux Postage Stamps With Ink Pen and Colored Pencils

LaVonne, Artist, Illustrator

Creating Faux Postage Stamps With Ink Pen and Colored Pencils

LaVonne, Artist, Illustrator

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6 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Perforating the Stamp Edges

    • 4. Ink Pen Drawing

    • 5. Coloring with Colored Pencils

    • 6. Assignment

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About This Class

Learn how to create faux postage stamps as art pieces using ink pens and colored pencils.

I will show you how to create the edges to make a very realistic stamp as well as show you how to use ink pen and colored pencils to make faux postage stamps.

I hope you enjoy this class and as always, have fun!

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Artist, Illustrator


Hello, I'm LaVonne. I have been drawing since I was very young. I love creating things -  drawing, painting, sculpting - as long as I am creating something, I feel content.

I have worked as a Graphic Designer as well as an Art Director at an advertising agency. I look forward to sharing my knowledge on Skillshare!

Some of my favorite mediums to work with are ink pen, colored pencils, pastel pencils and Procreate app on my iPad.

Follow me on Instagram  or Facebook to see my latest artistic endeavors.

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1. Introduction : hello and welcome in this class, I will be teaching you how to create faux postage stamps. Now, I'm not talking about counterfeit postage or anything that will be used in an actual post office, the kind of stamps we will be creating our artistic expressions and will be used for artistic purposes. On Lee, you can use your imagination to create many variations of faux postage stamps. But in this class I will be teaching a technique that utilizes ink, pen and color pencils. You will also learn some different options to create the edges of the stamps, so keep watching and get ready to start creating. 2. Supplies : The supplies that were going to use for this class are pretty simple. You can use plain paper if you're going to glue your stamps or you're going to use it as a whole sheet, or you can use labels that way there, create he sits that he's that here that he soon theater Houston has already on the back. You don't have to glue them. I prefer using There's You will also need something to cut the stamp edges, which I will talk about more in depth later. You can use thinning shears, pinking shears, a thumbtack and something squishy to poke the paper with either an old mouse pad or a phone . Um, foam core board works well, or or this phone piece that I got from a craft store. You will also need ink pens. I use Ka Pik multi liners, and I use the very, very smallest 0.3 But you can use whatever ink pen that you're comfortable using and then colored pencils. I use prisma color, but you could use polychrome owes. You could use whatever brand of color pencil that you prefer to use, and that's the supplies that you'll need to make your stamps 3. Perforating the Stamp Edges: The first thing I'm going to show you is how to make the perforations look like edges of stamps. Now the easiest by far and pretty cheap is the secret thinning shears. That's right. If you go to the hairdresser and have very thick hair, you recognize these. They're called thinning shears, and they are readily available at, ah beauty supply stores, and you can find them on Amazon, the Internet there readily available. I don't remember honestly how much I paid for these. I'm going to say 14 to $16. They're not expensive. They have serrated edges. And, as you will see, you take the scissors and simply cut a street line and they create these beautiful edges. Now you could use regular scissors to trim those down just a tad so that they're not quite so long. But this is the easiest method, and you just keep cutting around the edges until you get the size of this stamp that you would like, and you might have to go over it a tiny bit. Sometimes until you get the right texture that you're looking for. Trim it a bit, and there you have it stamp edges. The next method that you could use is the cheapest, but it is also the most time consuming it requires. Ah, some tack. That's right. You heard me a thumbtack. That's it. Actually, that's not it. You'll also need something squishy. You could use an old mouse pad or I have this phone pad from the craft store. As long as it's something that squishy, it cannot be a hard surface or it won't perforate. You start by faintly drawing a pencil mark on your paper and use that some tax to create tiny homes straight down that line that you just created, like so. And I didn't do too, did some of them are off center? But that's okay. You get better at it as you practice. Then you have a row of tiny dot perforations, which then you can go back and erase the pencil line. You cannot see that pencil line any longer, and you just have the perforations. Now the thing with this is when you fold it and rip it. The perforations aren't so clear, and actually, I started to close to the edge of that one, so that wasn't good. Here's one that I did earlier. When you rip it the edges, do you see how they're not? Um, they're not as clear as the ones that we did with the other tool, the thinning shears. But this method would be very good if you're creating like, 1/2 sheet and you're going to use that half sheet for a flight of stamps and you're not gonna separate them. This looks very nice if you're going to do that with your stamps, because the holes are very clean and very sharp looking. Another method that you could use to create the edges of the postage stamps are with edging shears. We used to call these. I other probably still called that pinking shears. They're kind of hard to come by. I do see them online once in a while, like on E Bay or other places, but they're hard to come by. I actually had to buy a whole set of 12 different patterns just just to get the one that I wanted. I had a 50% off coupon, but I believe these are, you know, $15 or less, so you know, if you're going to use them for other crafts, that's not a bad bargain, but, um, here is what these scissors look like. And then you just have to make sure you match up the edge. When you have a longer piece of paper, Here's what the edges of that looks like. Now, this is fine. If you're going to create, ah, larger stamp that you're you know you're going to make it look like a stamp. But it's actually a very large piece, but that these to me are way too big when you're going to try to create an actual lifelike sized stamps. So the edges, I mean, no work. It's fine. But my all time a favorite technique is using the thinning shares. You can also search online. They sell pre perforated sheets for this purpose. Um, they're not cheap. To be quite honest, I think you get like, 25 sheets for about $30 and I haven't worked with them, so I can't really speak to the quality or, um, what medium works well on them or anything like that. But I do know those exists. They are also kind of hard to find, but they are available out there so you can choose whichever method you would like to use. I would highly recommend again the thinning shears 4. Ink Pen Drawing: The first step in creating your stamp is to get a reference photo if you're going to use a reference photo. If not, and you're gonna work straight from your imagination, that's fine, too. Then the next step would be to cut the size that you're going to work with. It's suitable to your artwork. I like to pre cut different sizes of stamps and then decide which size and shape will fit well for the different type of artwork that I'm going to draw on it. The next step is to create the edge of the stamp with the ink pan. I'm going to be replicating this starfish design for this class, so you just start by getting his close to the perforations, but not not super close. You'll see that there's a there's a white border around the stamp. Move to the next edge and draw your straight line. Just remember to stop a little bit before you get to the other edge. Turn it because you can always go back and fill it in. But if you if you overshoot that I mean, I guess you could use a white gel pen or something, but it's easier to go and fill it, and then it is to get rid of it. So just create and what I just do. I did that so I'll show you how you can fix them. So if you undershoot yuk unjust, very steadily connect the lines. If you overshoot, you can use a white gel pen and just cover that up. So now you have your framework and you're going to be working inside of that framework. The next step is to use your ink pen and create the stippling. Now, if you're not familiar with stippling, I do have a class basic stippling that you could also take to learn some stippling techniques. But I will show you in this class as well, but I won't go into detail, so I'm just going to step up. So I'm gonna create the waves where the ocean meets the sand. So I'm gonna staple the line for that. Then I'm going to create the next line, which is the wave line, and feel free to follow along and create a stamp just like this. Or like I said, if you want to get your own reference photo or go from imagination, that's fine, too. So now I'm just going to create maybe some very faint bubbles in the water. And then let's tipple in the starfish. Stippling is a very forgiving method, so you do not have to worry about being perfect, because we can go back and fix it up very, very easily. I think you could see that's kind of a dorky, wonky starfish, but it won't be in a second. We'll fix it up, then just a few dots in the sand, and then you can decide on the currency that you would like to put on your stamp. Now I use imaginary currency. I don't use anything from any country. I happen to use L. K P, which are my initials, so that works out. But you could use your imagination and create a currency. So for this stamp, this one's going to be four. So I am going to very carefully draw in a four and then very carefully put my initials C. That's to fold. It looks like the currency, but it also signs it for me as well. Now we're going to start adding more detail with stippling. The first spot is where the ocean meets the sand, so we will make that a little bit darker. And you were just going to stippled some more dots there and it will get darker, maybe a few more where the the waves would be crashing here. Not really crashing. This is kind of a tropical scene, so they're very gentle waves. Now let's work on this wonky starfish here. We're going to decide where the shadow is gonna be. I'm going to have the shadow down here on this side and then over here. So let's start. Let's start filling in the shadow with stippling dots and see. It kind of corrects it as you go, corrects the shape of the starfish. And then there'll be some shadow down here and a little bit on this edge and do a little more there. Tiny bit. They were going to create a little bit of texture on the starfish. So let's let's put some some ridges right here. Maybe think of how starfish look if you watch Sponge Bob Square pants or have kids that watch Sponge Bob Square pants, I think his name is Patrick the Starfish. Anyway, there's some some texture there. Let's get a little closer, some texture on the starfish, a little bit more on the shore and a little more definition here on this arm of the store fish and see it corrected the dorky arms that I had originally drawn, so I'm pretty happy with that. So the next step, we're going to color it in with colored pencil. 5. Coloring with Colored Pencils : The next step is going to be coloring in your stamp with color pencils. Let's start with the water. This is my target stamp of what I'm trying to emulate, and this is the one I'm going to work on. But you could certainly make variations. I'm going to make a lighter blue water than I had previously, so I'm going to color in the water, leaving the white edge for the sea foam, going to use a little bit darker shade of blue to add a little variation in there. And then I will use me. Tiny, tiny. I need a new one white to blend them together, and we have What now? Let's work on the sand. I'm going to use a life brown like a grayish brown, I guess. I don't know whatever color you think. Start with the light color and then add the darker colors on top of light colors when using color pencil. It's easier to make something darker if it's too light than it is to make something lighter if it's too dark. So let's start with the light of color, and I don't see how this right where the ocean meets the sand is usually a darker shade because the sand got wet. So let's do that. That may be down in the corner here, darker shade, because then that draws your eye up to the artwork. Whenever you have dark corners, it can draw your eyes to the artwork, and I think I'm going to use I don't know what kind of a PCI. Let's see how that lacks. Yeah, that's not It doesn't have to be like I said, Doesn't have to be perfect. Use your imagination. Use whatever colors you you like and just have fun. Have fun doing this. These air stamps that you're making up your creating. It's your world that you're creating. Use the white. Blend them together. No, I need a darker, the darker color for the shadow of the starfish. So I'm going to go with this, uh, orangey, more of an orangey color. And that's where very lightly, because it don't go to dark right up front. You'll be great. Start light if it needs to be darker. You can certainly keep making a darker, but once it's too dark, that's that's not fun. It's very, very hard to undo colors, so that's not bad. Now I'm going to go back to that original very light brown grey, and that's what I'm going to use to blend the shadow. That's not bad. Now for the store food. Start with a very light orange. Well, that's not a light orange, but I'm using very minimal pressure, very minimal pressure. Then I use a lighter shade. You can either use a lighter shade of launch or harmonies this pink and blend that in. Now I'm going to use it darker shade. I'm going to use this purple e color here for the shadow again. Light hand, very light handed and back to your light color to blend. You know, like that. No, for the currency. I like to use a pretty solid, dark color. This one. I used the dark, awkward color I think I'll use. Let's try rid for this one. It's not really sharp, so I'm gonna have to be very careful. That's not bad. All right, Now, this is where you can go back in and put some more stippling down if you see places that might need some more, So I'm gonna have a little more detail here in the waves the sea foam and in the sand. I might even use the 0.5 for this, so they show up a little more in a little more texture on the starfish now, something I didn't mention in the materials earlier. Sorry about that. You might have one already laying around a white gel pen. These air always handy to come in and add some more variety and texture on top of color pencil and I think drawings. Let's put some in the water as well. Yeah, let's get crazy. It's puts him in the sand a little bit in the currency. Why not? And they have it. There is your first faux postage stamp. 6. Assignment : your assignment should you choose to accept it, is to create your very own faux postage stamps. You can create any size, any shape you could either follow along with the starfish that I did in the tutorial. Or you can create any design of your own. Just create a postage stamp and be sure to post it in the project section of this class. I would love to see your work. Thank you very much for taking this class. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you had fun and keep creating.