Carving rubber stamps – Focusing on simple patterns to get some practice
Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
This is another post in our little series about the
Creation of carved stamps.
(You can find an overview of the various categories of stamp production in Post 79.)
Carving rubber blocks with linoleum cutters is not very difficult.
However, it’s a good idea to start with simple patterns to get a feeling for the material and the carving process.
Project – Using simple design-patterns to practice rubber-block carving
First I draw a simple design on a piece of paper with a soft pencil.
I then cut the drawing into three pieces that were identical in size. I also cut the rubber block into three pieces of the same sizes.
Next, I transferred the three parts of the design to the three rubber blocks by placing the paper pieces on the blocks, face down, and using my thumbnail to rub the reverse side of each drawing.
I then used a marker pen to trace the transferred drawings again, to make sure they’d be durable and to clarify which parts I’d have to carve away.
The carving wasn’t too difficult to do because the design contained straight lines.
The test-printing on paper was successful:
I could continue with applying my stamps on fabric:
Are you curious to learn more about stamp-carving?
A big part of the new book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric stamping – Your fast & easy guide, number 2 – Stamping’ focuses on carving projects.
It’s the second book in my series about fabric painting and will be published soon. (Click on this link for more information about the book series.)
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