AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I became an addict,” she admitted last week after her Montebello Mavens’ monthly meeting. Garza and two others, Rachel Munoz and Tina Rivas, began a monthly gathering from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Montebello Public Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd., three years ago so others of like minds can come together. “I had been to other groups where you had to pay or it was just a sales pitch to buy rubber-stamp materials,” she said. “I wanted a group where we could just share our love of the craft.” Garza, who lives in Montebello and now teaches at Whittier High School, said she likes the current group. “We have some very talented people,” she said. MONTEBELLO – What started off as a way to show school pride has become an obsession for Josie Garza. When she taught U.S. history at La Puente High School in 1986, Garza bought a rubber stamp with a Native American with a tomahawk on it because the school’s mascot is the Warriors. “I wanted something related to the school to decorate graded papers returned to students and other parts of my classroom,” she said. Garza didn’t stop at one. One of those rubber-stamp artists is Margaret Arguelles of Pico Rivera, who has had her work displayed in the pages of two crafts publications. “I got started in my twenties, during the psychedelic era,” she said. “After the hippie movement, everyone was into earth crafts.” At the time, Arguelles said there were very few places selling rubber stamps. “Now there are more stores that specifically carry rubber stamps with all different designs,” she said. Even so, there are still not enough in California for Garza, who goes far and wide to add to her collection. “I have planned trips to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to get specific items,” she said. Why this obsession for rubber stamping? “It’s a way to express my creative side,” Garza said. She and her fellow Mavens make cards, collages and other items for family and friends to enjoy. Sharing artwork with her family, Garza said, hasn’t always been appreciated. “They really don’t understand my passion for it,” she said. All but one, she clarified. Garza’s grandmother, Aurora Pinela, treasured everything her granddaughter made her. “She did stamping with me,” Garza said. “People thought it was dorky or dismissed it, but she never did.” One project she has on her agenda is a collage with her grandmother’s likeness. “She passed away in 2003, and I want to make something to honor her,” Garza said. She may get help from the Mavens, since one of the facets of the group is to share ideas and create things together. “It’s amazing what we can put together,” she said. Garza also shares ideas with a group of 15 students – boys and girls – at Whittier High School. “You’d be amazed that guys are interested in rubber stamping,” she said. Garza just wants people interested in expressing themselves creatively to know there is another outlet. “It’s not just an ink pad and a stamp,” she said. “We bring all mediums together like watercolors, paints, charcoal and anything else your imagination allows.” For additional information, call the Montebello Public Library at (323) 722-6551. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!