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No 91 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 10

Carving rubber stamps – Today: The letters of the alphabet.

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, Post 87, and Post 88), carving is an activity which needs practice!

Carving rubber blocks with linoleum cutters is not very difficult.

In the beginning, however, our rubber carving projects should focus on clear and simple lines and patterns to make the learning process easier and enjoyable.

Project – Carving the letters of the alphabet

Of course, carving ALL letters of the alphabet is quite a project! It takes a lot of time. 🙂

However, if we keep the design of the letter-shapes clear and straight, the carving is not very demanding.

Instead, it’s very relaxing!

And it’s a very useful project because we can use the carved letter-stamps again and again, for example

  • to write names or short quotes on T-shirts,
  • to decorate tea towels, tote bags and other fabric items (with the name of the person we wish to surprise with a personal present, for example)
  • to create a colourful chaos on a fabric product by printing layers of letters, without any order or meaning.

I started the alphabet project by drawing the shapes of the letters with a soft pencil on equally sized pieces of paper.

carving the alphabet 1 - drawing the letters
carving the alphabet 1 – drawing the letters

Next, I transferred the letter-shapes to the rubber blocks by placing the paper pieces on the block, face down, and using my thumbnail to rub the reverse side of each drawing.

carving the alphabet 2 - transfering letter shapes to rubber block
carving the alphabet 2 – transfering letter shapes to rubber block

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.

Now I cut away all the areas of the rubber blocks which were outside the letter shapes and no longer needed.

carving the alphabet 3 - cutting excess rubber away
carving the alphabet 3 – cutting excess rubber away

Then I could start carving, which was not difficult or exhausting but took some time. I worked several evenings on this carving project, each time finishing five or six letters.

carving the alphabet 1 - carving the letters and some texture
carving the alphabet 1 – carving the letters and some texture

Finally, my alphabet was complete:

carving the alphabet 5 - all letters - finished
carving the alphabet 5 – all letters – finished

I could continue with applying my letter-stamps on fabric:

printing with self-carved letters of the alphabet
printing with self-carved letters of the alphabet

These are the results of some of the projects I have used the stamps for so far:

post 91 - carving project - printing letters
post 91 – carving project – printing letters

 

post 91 - carving project - printing letters - example 2
post 91 – carving project – printing letters – example 2
post 91 - carving project - printing letters - example 3
post 91 – carving project – printing letters – example 3

Next time, I’ll show you some of the round stamps I recently carved from rubber blocks, and some examples of the many ways we can use them.

Are you curious to learn more about stamp-carving?

A big part of the new book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric painting – 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 tutorial from the stamping book for free. Click HERE to learn more about this offer.

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Cheers,

Margot

 

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