October 2010: Mary Waspe

Asian Village
by Mary Waspe
(New South Wales, Australia)


How long have you been stamping?
I think it was 1993.

What is your favorite technique?
Alcohol inks and mixed media

Favorite stamp company?

Stamp It ( Aus) for all non Asian.

Favorite Asian stamps??
About Art accents, Art Neko, Stone House Stamps.

Favorite stamping accessory?
Martha Stewart scoring board

Favorite colors?
No favourites love all colours

Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?

Bling love Bling

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
Stamp It’s paper edgers

Any helpful tips for the group?
Enjoy the journey don’t stress too much ( ha ha)

As a member of OSA why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
Probably because I spent my childhood growing up in Singapore. Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong,

Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps?
USA the choice is unbelievable in particular Las Vegas

What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?
Nothing local as I am not near any stamp stores, so I do it all on line, at Tim Holtz’s group Suze Weinberg, stamp scapes and a little one called stamp art friends

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?
UK Craft Stamper and VSN

Published in any magazines? If yes please list.
(Aust) Paper arts, Just Cards, Stamper’s Sampler, Vamp Stamp News and Rubber Stamp Madness recently

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
Cross stitch, cooking more recently

What inspires you to be creative?
Seeing what other people come up with in magazines, in particular Somerset’s Apprentice.

Art background?
Absolutely none I was a tom boy until 14 then an avid sports person.

Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?
Oh yes I raid Steve’s work truck all the time, I used some fly screen on this project

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
Lots of blogs and You Tube then Tim Holtz’s

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
Not a paid job, I do all Steve’s Accounts he is self-employed

Tell us about your family and where you live.
I am married to Steve, we have been together since we were 18.

I have 2 children, Helen and Mark. They are both married but Helen is the only one with children. So, I am grand mother to 2. Thomas 6 1/2 and Charlotte nearly 5.

I live on the “Northern Rivers” far east coast of Australia. We have been here since 1989 from UK, and love it. It’s a small town as we only have one set of traffic lights, it’s also close to the white sandy beaches, only 15 minutes away. Life’s good.

Asian Village
by Mary Waspe
(New South Wales, Australia)



– Bamboo stamp, & Sun, Beeswax Stamps
– Flower heads, Rhona Farrer
– Tiger, unknown
– Asian words, Collections ( Aust)
– Birds, Paper Artsy
– Asian Women, unknown
– Cardboard  Birds Collections ( Aust) covered in Asian text
– Ginkgo Punch

Measurements are:

– black frame: 131/2″ inches by 10 inches.
– Art frame: 12  3/4″inches by 9 1/4 inches

It would be easier and quicker to have everything ready to go so you can decide where to place your houses etc.
Stamp Images first onto tissue paper using brilliance ink. Heat set and tear round each image.
Make houses using light chip board  or cardboard, and cover with whatever Asian paper you like. I made some door frames and added some lace to windows etc, but you do whatever you like.

Seal the art frame with gesso and let dry. Paint the surround with black acrylic paint.

Using Mod Podge to glue the Chinese newspaper print on the top half of the frame, form the sky. Brush Gesso lightly over areas of the print; not all of it though. Then paint or sponge with blue acrylic paints to your liking. Some will be blue, other areas white, to form clouds.

I also used some distress inks here and there.
Glue the bamboo to the 2 edges of the frame and colour with acrylic paint heat set.

Add dark green mulberry paper under the sky, tearing it to form hills and grass, then add grunge board cut into 3 pieces in a swirly design
to look a bit like uneven grass. Add the 3 pieces of tissue writing with mod podge, and then paint, using different greens.
Then add some copper Brilliance by just touching the pad to the raised surface of the grunge board. I also added some torn mulberry pieces
to glue on top of the grunge board; I also used some distress inks.

Now I placed my houses, birds, women, tiger, and flowers, and added some extra pieces to each of the houses to give some interest.
I was hoping it would be like a mystery every where you look you find something different.

To make the bamboo, I added strips from a wooden mat which even has lines like real bamboo. I used that for the center of the sun as well.
Then I punched 2 holes in the frame and attached some gold ribbon with a flower in each corner.

In hopes you have a go at making your own village. You can make it as easy or as complicated as you like.

Mary x

5 Responses to October 2010: Mary Waspe

  1. Bonnie Waliezer says:

    Hooray Mary. A very well deserved honor for a wonderful friend.
    Hugs, Bonnie W.

  2. I love this example of your art! Very imaginative and fun!

  3. Millie Kenyon says:

    Congratulations Mary. This is an honor that is long overdue. You have inspired me for quite some time now and I love everything you do. The Asian Village is a masterpiece. Your friend, Millie K

  4. Carolyn says:

    Beautiful, Mary. I have admired your art for ages and you are a good friend to many OSA members. CONGRATULATIONS!

  5. Marg O. says:

    A delightful project with lovely vibrant colors and whimsy. Clever you Mary! Great to learn more about such a valued member of the OSA group. Big CONGRATULATIONS to you for this well deserved special recognition.

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