The positive and the negative – Often they are close friends 🙂 and help each other to create something new.
Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
Sometimes negative doesn’t mean bad. It’s just the other side of the medal. And it can be necessary to make the picture complete.
This is the case with
The ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ parts of a stamp.
Most cut or carved stamps have positive and negative areas:
The positive area on the stamp’s printing surface is composed of those parts of the stamp material that stand up and therefore take up the paint and get printed.
The negative area are those parts which were cut or carved away so they don’t take up paint and don’t get printed.
Project: Combining the positive and the negative
In this project, I worked with two stamps which really fitted well together.
Each of them on its own was able to create nice prints but letting them work as a team helped me to create colourful images by combining their negative and the positive sides.
The negative and the positive areas of these two stamps are mirrored by each other: The positive areas of the left stamp are the negative areas of the right stamp and vice versa.
First, I used only one of the two stamps to print on a tea towel.
The positive areas – the standing up parts of the stamp – created nice images.
Then I took the second stamp and applied it exactly on those parts of the tea towel where I had placed the first stamp’s prints.
The positive parts of the second stamp now nicely covered the negative – not painted areas – of the first stamp.
Here is another example of the two stamps’ successful cooperation:
It was a lot of fun to work with these two pre-made stamps – so easy and nice to cover the negative of the first with the positive of the second. 🙂
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