I’m a mostly self taught artist who has spent my life wishing to make a living with my art instead of the tedious desk jobs that I kept falling into. I didn’t know how to break the cycle of a steady paycheck coming in from working for someone else.
THEN I stumbled into the art rubber stamp field after I accidentally attended a rubber stamp convention about twenty years ago – back when the craft was HUGE. I say “accidentally” because all I wanted was to find out how to get my art made into rubber stamps so that I could use it for repetitions on my painted canvases. I thought that the convention was on making rubber stamps. Duuuur….(head slap) lucky for me, it had a gazillion vendors offering all kinds of fabulous art supplies, handmade papers, tools and of course, rubber stamps. Really cool art rubber stamps!
Needless to say, all of this colorful excitement got my full attention. In fact, it detoured me away from my completely boring day job as inventory clerk and propelled me into a brand new career of rubber stamp art designer and teacher. I started modestly by submitting projects to magazines. Boy, does that get results! Once the requests for my art and my articles started rolling in and I was booked to teach classes a year in advance, I was secure enough to quit my day job.
So my teeny little claim to fame (in the craft world) is that I have authored five craft books with North Light: Making Gifts with Rubber Stamps, 30 Minute Rubber Stamp Workshop, Stamping Effects in Polymer Clay, Sandra McCall’s Rubber Stamped Jewelry and The Savvy Crafter’s Guide to Success.
They are all available through Amazon. Choose the ones sold by me! They are signed and sold for the low, low price of only $2 plus shipping.
I also designed several rubber stamps sold by Judikins and Stamp Oasis. (You may even own some of my designs)
I have contributed DIY projects to several other books. Craft magazine publications have published my numerous how-to articles. I have taught art and craft classes across the US as well as in Australia.
My next step toward retirement happiness was to start back to work for someone else so that I could increase my social security benefits and get a good retirement pension going. I am now a proud employee of the United States Postal Service. And retirement is only a few short years away. THEN I can go back to making a living with my art. What’s on the horizon? I don’t know yet, but it will definitely be something to do with art, writing or home decor.
If you have questions or comments and would like to contact me, please do. email me at ssmccall525.gmail.com Or message me on Facebook