“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous,” the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote. That thought is as relevant today as it was in ancient times. We celebrate The Great Outdoors as experienced through the marvelous work of ten stampers, with the art of one featured here. 

Caught One! by Rebecca Stiles

Caught One! by Rebecca Stiles

“I found a picture of an oil painting in a magazine by an artist named Dix Baines,” Rebecca Stiles says of the inspiration for her fly-fishing scene. “He painted a river with sunset lighting and I looked at his work as a guide for my mountain and tree placement. It’s a helpful teaching tool to use examples from other mediums like paintings or photographs.  “There was no fisherman in Baines’ painting—that was my addition. This fisherman is one of those well-made little stamps that tell a big story.” Rebecca colored her scene with Radiant Pearls, a stamping favorite which is no longer available. “I have a huge stash of Radiant Pearls. Most jars last for years. When I knew they were no longer going to be produced, I scoured the internet for people who were selling jars.  “Radiant Pearls are very forgiving if you start with light colors. Errors can be wiped off if done quickly, and you can add layer after layer to get the darkness you want without warping the cardstock or muddying colors. The other fabulous characteristic is that Radiant Pearls have mica which causes the coloring to shine. The closest thing to Radiant Pearls I’ve found are Twinkling H2O watercolor paints.”  Rebecca lives in Springville, Utah. “Several years ago we moved to The Great Outdoors and now live in a high desert environment in a canyon in the mountains. When our kids were growing up we did lots of camping and hiking. Now we just open a window at night in the summer and call it good.”

Caught One! by Rebecca Stiles
(Stamp credits: Tiny water plant at left—Joan Wear; dark pine tree cluster—Viva Las VegaStamps!; branchy tree cluster—Rubber Stampede; mountain—Beeswax; others—unknown.)