Editor's Note: The art work of Cheryl Helm will be on display at the Toledo Public Library through the month of September. Library hours are Mon-Thur 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri- 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sat- 9 a.m.-noon.
I have lived in Tama, for the past eight years with my husband, Mel of 43 years. We have one daughter, Alison, married to Greg and two grandsons, Dylan and Gavin.
I am a self taught artist, therefore, I play by "No Rules." I create as I go. I don't see the finished project, I just know when I'm done with it.
Cheryl Helm with a portion of her art now on display at the Toledo Public Library.
The basis of my art work is rubber stamping. I was introduced to stamping in 1996 and shortly after started my stamping journey.
I have designed and taught advanced rubber stamping and the many hundreds of techniques that can be used with stamping throughout the United States at stores and conventions.
I was an artist on call for the magazine, "Inspirations" which consisted of only six artists that did all the artwork for this quarterly magazine. I was a guest artist for the magazine, "Stamper's Sampler." I have written and had published articles on techniques used with rubber stamping for various retail magazines.
I have worked with numerous rubber stamp companies to make samples using their line of stamps and/or products that have been used on internet sites and for displays used in their stores or conventions.
Along with making artwork, I also design one of a kind greeting cards for all occasions.
Fun Fact: I own over 5,000 rubber stamps. Thanks to the many companies that I have worked with, they have allowed me to keep their products for my own use.
Materials I use are too numerous to list but to mention a few of my favorites: Decorative papers (Some of these I create myself with stamping and inking, others are purchased and I alter), lots and lots of ink, chipboard, grungeboard, wood, beads, buttons, wire, game pieces, clock parts, and teht best, found objects and old stuff because....If I find it, I make art out of it!!
If I'm not in my art studio playing, I can be found: Reading, motorcycling, watching Nascar racing, hanging out with my grandsons, or with my nose to the ground looking for the next treasure for making art!
Thank you for stopping to browse my artwork.