Friday, February 27, 2015

Day 5 with Jessica Sporn

Celebrate our new product launch….with Inchie Arts

As you know, we carry several different sizes of the popular Inchie Arts Art Square products. And when they decided to launch their new 4” black Art Squares they invited us to announce and sell it first. 

In fact, it was one of our artists (thank you Sunny!) that nudged Inchie Arts to introduce this particular size and color.  To celebrate, we invited a handful of our designers and artists to let creativity fly with the new 4” black Art Squares. 

Every day from now through Saturday we will be posting amazing creations from Lisa Lee, Barb Rogers, Lindsay Ostrom, Sunny Carvalho, Jessica Sporn and Kristen Powers.

And on the Inchie Arts blog, ALL IN AN INCH, Lisa will be sharing lots of techniques and tips for all sizes of black Art Squares from 1" to 4".  

A few things you may not know about black Art Squares:

·        they are made from 100% cotton (not paper)
·        they are a super black with the 'black' sourced from natural ebony

·       they are a perfect 4 ply substrate for direct art application especially acrylic paints, white and metallic detail pens, colored pencils, Pan Pastels, stamping and embossing with white or light colors, chalk board style work and photo creations.  

Day 5 with Jessica Sporn- Mini Canvases!

Hi - Jessica Sporn here to show you three "mini masterpieces" I made using Inchie 4 x 4" Art Squares, my stamps from RubberMoon and my stencils from Stencil Girl Products.

The Inchie Art Squares are made from artist grade, precision cut mat board.  Here's what I found when I played with them: The surface is like hot press watercolor paper, so it's perfect for wet mediums, stamping, stenciling - you name it!  The weight of the squares is very sturdy and is perfect for adhering clay embellishments, collage and other mixed media.    So they definitely have advantages over mini-canvases.

I decided to test the product in several different ways -- 

On this 4 x 4, I painted directly onto the surface using Silks Acrylic glazes.  Then I stamped the Hamsa and Ornate Leaf RubberMoon stamps with my Versamark pad and embossed them using Ranger white embossing powder.   I colored over the embossed images using the Silks glazes and Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints.  I was inspired by this blogpost on the "All in an Inch" blog.  

I stenciled directly onto the black 4 x 4 Art Inchie using gold Silks Acrylic Glaze over my Runes stencil from Stencil Girl Products.    Then I stamped the Tree of Life from RubberMoon on a piece of watercolor paper.  I decided to use the tree as hair.  Fun - right?  I adhered the watercolor paper to my inchie using Xyron adhesive dots.

For my last project,  I stamped the Hamsa stamp and the Heart in Star stamp into paper clay, and let it dry over night.  I again stenciled directly onto the 4 x 4" black surface, this time using my Medieval Leaf stencil from Stencil Girl Products.   I painted the clay pieces using Silks Acrylic Glazes and Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints, and adhered them with E-6000 adhesive.

Here's a video of some of my process with all three projects.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope this post gave you some ideas and that you get your hands inky and painty soon!

Jessica Sporn is thrilled to be a RubberMoon designer. Jessica has been a full time artist since 1996, when she began designing greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings. Since then, Jessica has licensed her designs worldwide, and you can find her artwork on fabric, tabletop, and stationary products for companies as diverse as Robert Kaufman, Aviv Judaica, Stencil Girl Products and Hallmark!  Jessica keeps an active blog and is represented for licensing by Creative Connection Inc. The mom of two girls, Jessica lives with her husband and many pets in New Jersey.


  1. Love your new stamps and all of your gorgeous art. Thank you for being so generous with sharing your techniques too!

  2. I had so much fun working with these inches! can't wait to do more!

  3. I love watching you work. You are a real inspiration. Now I have to get busy and make some art too! :D

  4. Jessica. I love to watch your process. The new stamps are stamps that speak to a very special "past life", time that transformed me.
    I really like that you used the paper clay, too. But the true STAR is the black Inchie Arts matboard.

  5. Jessica, these mini canvases are fabulous! So much fun to see what you created with the 4" Art Squares!

  6. Fabulous mini art works Jessica!! Love the black backgrounds- makes your stamps POP of the canvases!! Good for you and your Fab new stamps!!

  7. I love Jessica's projects! Great colors on the black Art Squares... love the gold!

  8. The glazes are so gorgeous! Love the pop on the wonderful black background. Love this size and thanks so much for sharing all this!~kim

  9. I like that you used the silk glazes. The point on them helps to get in those tight spaces. Beautiful.

  10. Lovin' the mini canvases, Jessica! I really like the lady with the black and white stripes. The background is very bold and draws me in! The silk glazes look very rich on these black squares. Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

  11. such brilliant colors and images on your tiny surfaces. the hamsas are especially gorgeous! xo

  12. Thank you so much for the video! Your work is gorgeous! I finally bought paperclay but haven't been brave yet! This weekend...