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April 16, 2018

Meet The Impression Obsession Artist! Dina Kowal!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be kicking off a series of Meet the Artist posts  to help you get to know the illustrators that create your favorite stamps!

I'm Dina Kowal, and you'll find my stamp art HERE - if you like thoughtful and inspirational quotes, quirky cute animals, sentimental silhouettes, floral and natural elements. layered sets and vintage collage, you're sure to find something you like in my collection!



I'm a wife and mom of 4 (ages 12-17), a proud introvert, insatiable creative, and happy homebody. I've been a designer for I.O. since 2008, and moved my stamp line to I.O. in 2012 - I love being a part of my favorite company, and I love enabling and inspiring YOU to create and encourage others in turn! I'm a deep old soul with a stubbornly young heart, and I think that comes across in my art, especially in sweet and playful silhouettes like this one...

Puppy Love Silhouette

I find beauty and humor in ironic and unexpected places, and I've found myself in unexpected places many times in my life - that theme comes out quite often in images like this one, which is part of a series of image I drew after our family had to move back to the States abruptly after 9 years overseas:


I love animals - in fact, when I'm not stamping or creating stamp art, you'll find me working on commissioned pet portraits. For stamps, though, I love quirky animals that make me laugh - this booby is definitely one of my favorites!

Blue Footed

Speaking of quirks, a few of mine... 

  • I have a gift for spotting irony, randomness, and amusing typos.
  • I always wear fun socks - in fact, I pick them out in the dark so they're sure to never match my outfit!
  • I love words. And charts, especially color charts.
  • Whatever the coloring medium is, I need the big set.
  • adore Winnie the Pooh (as A.A.Milne conceived him) and have always related to him most, though I always come out Owl on those silly quizzes. 
  • I love all kinds of music, especially crooners and WW2 era songs. 

Thanks for visiting today - you can find me stamping at Dina Kowal Creative or at Splitcoaststampers!

Thanks for stopping by!


Hi Dina,
It is so good to get to know you more :) I have couple of your stamps. Love your designs!

Have a wonderful day.

Dina - So happy to see you here and learn a little more about you. Love your animal stamps. So cute.

I am a massive fan-you have helped me many times on Splitcoast with Qs, I love your art and have a bunch of your IO stamps, and just bought one of your prints! :D Although it took me a long time to get the giraffe one cuz it kept selling out! I was very happy for you!
What a pleasure to see you first thing this rainy yuk AM with my first tea. :)
(also huge fan of IO)

Oh, Dina, I LOVE reading about you today, and you are my hero in so many ways! I love your artwork and artistry, and I am so happy to know you as a fellow stamper and as a stamping friend (from afar for now). Hugs! xoxo

I have your blue footed little guy! I love the quirkiness of this stamp! I have had so much fun using it. Thanks for sharing your talent.

I adore your style. As I have mentioned to you before, I always read your column on split coast...even if I don't have time for anything else! Recently have found your stamps (last year) and I love all the ones I have so far! Thank you Dina for sharing your gifts!

I completely ADORE your bio. If I wasn’t madly in love with you already, I’m pretty sure the mismatched socks and the blue-footed booby would have pushed me over the edge.
But seriously, you are probably the most talented artist I have the privilege of knowing, and also one of the kindest humans on the planet. Impression Obsession is fortunate to have you. Now I’m off to find that booby stamp. Have a wonderful weekend. Kat

Great bio Dina! I love your style and working with your images makes me happy! Of course, I have a special fondness for your commissioned pet portraits....:)

Always look forward to your designs/stamps. thanks for sharing a little about yourself

Such a great idea to get to know the artists and what motivates them! Dina, I love your quirky sense of humour; more people could use it.

I seem to go for your stamps every time I look at the IO stamps here in the Netherlands...They are beautiful!!

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