March 2015: Sonia Evans


Glass Plate Decoupage

My journey with rubber stamping started 15 years ago when a friend invited me to attend a Stampin’ UP! party. It was 1999. I felt obligated to buy a stamp, which was a Celtic stamp set. I never opened the box when I got my order. A year later, my same friend invited me again to another one of her parties. I bought one more stamp set. This time, something clicked. The projects and cards that I made that night piqued my interest and I started taking classes at my local stamp store. The rest is history. Shortly thereafter, I found Oriental Stamp Art. I joined this group on August 15, 2001 and slowly got more and more involved in all aspects of the group.

There hasn’t ever been a time where I haven’t been interested in Asian culture. One of my good friends in seventh grade was Japanese. She and I would have many discussions about her culture. I remember one time discussing sumo wrestlers…what a conversation to have when you are only 13 years old! This interest led me to searching handmade cards with the oriental theme when I first started stamping. That’s when I found OSA. I loved the peace and tranquility of many of the Masters’ woodblocks and paintings I had seen. To see this interpreted with rubber stamps was just amazing to me.

I have no background in art and no natural artistic ability like my husband and daughters have. However, early on, I truly appreciated art and wished I could create like those around me. For me, learning how to rubber stamp has allowed me to develop and expand my creative side. Every day, I learn something new related to stamping.

Yes, I do have a stamping room. When my older daughter moved out, her room very slowly was transformed into my stamping room. I have been collecting rubber stamps for about 15 years, so you can imagine I have quite a few. I look at some of my older stamps and I say to myself, “What did I ever see in this stamp enough to buy it?” One day, I’ll have to go through those and begin to cull. Of course, none of these images are oriental in nature.

Right now, my favorite technique is to use colored pencils, blending with Gamsol. Recently, I have bought a number of alcohol markers so that I can have another way to blend colors. Unfortunately, I am not even close to having mastered using them!

With respect to my personal background, most of you know I am originally from Puerto Rico. When young, I lived in various states and in Panama, as my dad was in the army and was transferred around until his retirement. I came to the United States to study at a small private college in Wisconsin. After graduation, I got a teaching job in the same town. I also met Bill, my future husband, shortly thereafter. Bill and I have been married 37 years. We have two daughters, Marisol and Sara. Both girls are certified teachers and are employed in different school districts.

I have been retired since June 13th of last year after teaching for 38 years. Now that I am retired, I have been able to travel more. I am always thinking of where we should go next!

Lastly, I have been asked to share some of my favorite artwork. I would say that I created my favorite artwork while I was on the creative board for Spectrum. Spectrum was OSA’s online magazine. Every few months or so, we published the magazine. Each publication had a specific theme. Research was done and artwork was created around that theme. You can see some of the artwork I created for the publication below, along with other of my artwork.

If you are still reading this time, I thank you! I encourage all of you to create and post your artwork to our group. We learn so much from each other…I know I have!



Stamping on Tile


Kimono Pins


Papercut Artwork


Oriental Christmas Ornaments


Artwork with Slides


Mizuhiki Card


Paper Basket


Buddha Reliquary Using Baby Book


Buddha Mingle


Black Plus Blue Mingle



14 Responses to March 2015: Sonia Evans

  1. Minda Oberle-turpin says:

    Congratulations, Sonia — your artwork is wonderful!

  2. I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be in this month’s spotlight than Sonia Evans. She has been a driving force at OSA forever, and openly shares her talent with everyone! Thank you for being an inspiration to all of the OSA members. Congratulations Sonia!

  3. Barb I says:

    congratulations, Sonia. You are one of the MOST deserving members of this group. Thanks for all that you do!

  4. Carla vdMS says:

    Sonia congratulations on becoming SAM of March and enjoy your month of OSA-fame.
    Love all the things you are showing here and reading your stamp-story tooo at breakfast is a good start of my Sundaymorning.
    Thank you for all you do for the group and I just luv your weekly challenges.

  5. Mary says:

    Congratulations Sonia I agree with all the other mentions above, have a super month..I love your work.

  6. Laurel S. says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed your bio and always have enjoyed your art Sonia. Congratulations!!

  7. Carol W. says:

    Congratulations Sonia. You definitely are most deserving of being spotlighted this month. Thank you for all that you do for OSA. I cherish the friendship we have developed through OSA.

  8. Debbie Varnes says:

    Congratulations Sonia! Your projects are wonderful and I enjoyed getting to know you alittle better thru your bio and artwork.

  9. Many congratulations Sonia! Your work for OSA is amazing enough but your artwork is incredibly amazing! It’s been lovely to get to know you more via my tiny role on OSA. I have so enjoyed your bio. Enjoy your month in the spotlight!

  10. Lyn says:

    Congratulations Sonia; I loved reading your bio and seeing your artwork. Your work is beautiful. Enjoy your month 🙂

  11. Ruth C says:

    Wonderful Sonia! Enjoy your month!

  12. Jan Castle says:

    Beautiful works of art Sonia…impressive!!!! Was so interesting to read a bit about you…enjoy your retirement and travel while you are able!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan Castle

  13. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    Wonderful work there, Sonia …
    So much to take in, sorry am just caching up, did wonder where the SAM’s had gone to..??. somehow I missed the change in name …
    Some folks are slow. 🙂
    Thanks for all you do at OSA, you are really appreciated.
    Shaz in Oz.x

  14. cbsumm says:

    What fun to take a look back at some of your earlier projects created for OSA and the members. OSA has come a long way with still over 900 members. It is the dedication of you, Annette, and the team who keep interest up and encourage us to participate in challenges and swaps. Thank you!

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