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No 97 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 14

Carving rubber stamps – It’s worth the effort! – Simple carved stamps can become powerful design-creators in numerous projects.

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

In post No 92 – part 11 of our stamping-series – I presented an overview list of the categories of stamp production, and all the stamping projects we have worked on so far.

Categories of stamp production

  • Using commercial (pre-made) stamps
  • Using simple objects as stamps
  • Creating composed stamps
  • Creating cut stamps
  • Creating carved stamps

Today we’ll start to discuss the final project in the stamping series.

It’s actually not just one single project I wish to talk about but a little series of projects, all using one small set of self-carved stamps to create very different designs.

Project series – Using round self-carved rubber stamps to create various unique designs

Part 1 – Stamp creation and test-project

My idea was – I can’t remember how it came up – to produce a round rubber stamp and cut it into four parts which I could use all together or independently.

I used a pair of compasses to draw circles directly on a thin rubber block.

Then I took a ruler to divide the block into 4 parts, and a ball pen to colour in every second of the arcs the dividing lines had created.

fabric stamping - preparing the carving design on rubber block
fabric stamping – preparing the carving design on rubber block

The carving was not difficult as I only had to work along the lines:

Fabric stamping - carving the design on rubber block
Fabric stamping – carving the design on rubber block

The next step was to cut off the outside areas of the rubber block which I didn’t need:

fabric stamping - cutting off not needed areas of rubber block
fabric stamping – cutting off not needed areas of rubber block

Then I did some test prints on paper.

  • Having cut the stamp into 4 parts instead of using it as a whole enabled me to use different colours in one print.
  • And having done the colouring-in in each quarter of the circle in a contrasting way, I was now able to use one part of the stamp to print over the print of one of the other parts. This didn’t work out very accurately but it still brought additional colour into the picture.
fabric stamping - test prints on paper
fabric stamping – test prints on paper

I decided to do some further test-printing, now on a tea towel, and to use the new set of stamps together with another one, a simple round rubber stamp:

fabric stamping - the stamps to be used in test project
fabric stamping – the stamps to be used in test project

A little round sponge brush helped me to load the stamps with the fabric paint.

fabric stamping - loading the stamps with paint
fabric stamping – loading the stamps with paint

And it worked!

Playing around with the different parts of the new stamp set was fun!

And I realized how flexible all parts could be used. I even printed with the back side – the un-carved side – of the new stamps.

fabric stamping - test project - printing on tea towel
fabric stamping – test project – printing on tea towel

I now felt well prepared to start working on more challenging and exciting projects.

Next time I’ll show you some of the results.

Are you curious now to learn more about stamp-carving?

A big part of the soon coming book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric stamping – Your fast & easy guide, number 3 – Stamping’ focuses on carving projects.

It’s the third book in my series about fabric painting and will be published soon.

But you don’t have to wait until the stamping-book is published. Start your stamping career with an easy-to-do fun-project – NOW!

Free Download Stamping Tutorial
Free Download Stamping Tutorial

This little tutorial will help you to get started, CLICK HERE to download it, FOR FREE.

And have fun!

Cheers,

Margot

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