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No 88 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 9

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.)

As we know now (see Post No 86 and Post 87), carving is an activity which needs practice!

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.

post 88 - fabric painting - stamp creation - design creation on a rubber block
post 88 – fabric painting – stamp creation – design creation on a rubber block

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.

post 88 - fabric painting - stamp creation - carving rubber blocks
post 88 – fabric painting – stamp creation – carving rubber blocks

The test-printing on paper was successful:

post 88 - fabric painting - stamp creation - test-printing self-carved rubber stamps
post 88 – fabric painting – stamp creation – test-printing self-carved rubber stamps

I could continue with applying my stamps on fabric:

post 88 - fabric painting - printing with self-carved stamps on T-shirt
post 88 – fabric painting – printing with self-carved stamps on T-shirt
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.)

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you can order a sample stamping-tutorial for free (information on this: Post 85)

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Cheers,

Margot

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