Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Art Shark Designs, Inking, and Stamps

Doesn't it look gorgeous in that frame?
 It was only $7.99 at Michael's!

Hello, friends!

I may be busy, but I still always make time for some Etsy browsing and shopping, and I've recently found a fantastic artist on Etsy that I have purchased from - Art Shark Design. The artist, Megan, makes a special kind of art called "Gocco" which originated in Japan, and her art features romance in all different cities in the world! Being an NYC girl, originally, I just had to have this gorgeous Brooklyn print! 

I received it super fast and it was packaged with love. All in all, I'd recommend Art Shark Design to anyone who likes the gocco style of printing and good service! Thanks again, Megan! ;]

My favorite thing about the packaging, besides receiving my print safely, was she included a card explaining the gocco art process. That was so cool. I wish there was some kind of artistic process, such as screen printing, that I could explain to my customers. That would be really neat!

Speaking of which, when I was in Michael's, I found their stamping section and found it fantastic and cute. I'm interesting in trying a process of buying a sandy cotton/canvas blend fabric, similar to the sandy Matryoshka fabric that I adore so much, and then stamping it with kawaii-style stamps I find. It would be really neat because it would be more original, since the design would be coming from me completely, plus it would have a nice simplistic vibe with the focus being on the stamped design. I worry that it would be a bit of a deviation from the Japanese and general asian aesthetic, but if the stamp designs fit into that vibe, then all will be good. :)

My main problem was in Michael's, the stamps seemed to be not at all suited for fabrics. They were mostly aimed for papercrafts. A few were dye-based, but didn't seem entirely geared towards fabric. I want to make sure that any ink designs stay nice and bold and don't stain on anyone's purse or anything bad like that. Any readers out there know of a good ink brand to try?

As usual, goodnight and thank you for reading, friends! I couldn't do it without you!


  1. Caesar Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus AugustusAugust 25, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    That is indeed a lovely picture! And it's cool that she explains how she does it, too.

  2. I love how the only color is the red umbrella showing the significance of it in the picture! Not very familiar with fabric ink although I've seen some sold in the tote bag/t-shirt aisle.


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