here's one I made earlier: the joy of stamps

Katie | December 27, 2010

Two of my many lovely design-related Christmas presents were sets of stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop all the way from San Francisco.


Thank you cards made with Yellow Owl Workshop stamps


I supplemented them with an alphabet set from Muji and immediately got to work making my thank you cards (above). I’m really proud of them, but I think the credit should really go to Yellow Owl Workshop for the beautifully designed and made stamps.


Yellow Owl Workshop cityscape stamp set

Yellow Owl Workshop NYC stamp set


Following my initial success, I got very excited and stamped everything I could get my hands on…


Tags made with Yellow Owl Workshop stamps

Envelopes made from Yellow Owl Workshop stamps


Having run out of things I could (reasonably!) stamp, I did a little more research and decided I definitely need to get hold of a copy of Christine Schmidt’s book, available on pre-order from amazon


Print Workshop by Christine Schmidt


…and find myself some more stamps, from Yellow Owl Workshop and also perhaps from Skull and Cross Buns. I’d love to find a workshop where I can learn to make my own stamps, so let me know if you know of one. I suspect this might be a new hobby – the speed at which you can make beautiful stationery, and who knows what else, is quite addictive!

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  • Won’t the dye eventually lose its colour over time, or if left in sunlight or put in the dishwasher?

    • The higher the concentration of dye in the solution, the less colour is lost. There seems to be a point at which the moisture is fully absorbed back into the air, leaving the particles of dye in the ceramic body unable to move and so the colour/ pattern is fixed

      Sunlight doesn’t seem to affect the colour; I had a few test pieces sat on the window sill in direct sunlight with a line of tape on them to see if sunlight did anything and nothing happened. The test was conducted over the few months so am not sure about longer term exposure

      The pieces are decorative so wouldn’t need to be put in the dishwater but I did test them, one with a sealant on and one without, and there wasn’t any change – although I left some tiled pieces I made in the rain and the dye moved around again and became very vibrant

      There is lot of science behind the process, most of which I don’t fully understand and sometimes doesn’t make any sense – could talk about it for hours but I’ve tried to be concise!

  • Kuo

    this is such a cool process. did your friend emma come up with this on her own?? that’s incredible! also, i was watching the video while listening to “Goodnight, Travel Well” by the Killers, so the video was very dramatic for me haha

    • Thank you and yes – the process came from trying to dye everything, even the studio sink!

  • The technique is so pretty and natural. Thanks for sharing.

  • Fer

    Wow! I love your work. Congratulations!

  • Christine Lynn

    I like the watercolour effect on the pieces. They look very natural because they don’t look like they were painted. By using the dye to colour the pieces, is it safe to use the bowls and cups for dinnerware?

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