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No 86 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 7

Carving stamps is relaxing and fun!

But it needs practice! Keep your fingers out of the way! 🙂

Dear subscribers and readers of Your Colourful Mind,

In our ongoing discussion (see Post No 76) of

Various categories of stamp production

  • Using commercial stamps
  • Using simple objects as stamps (Post No 74 and No 76)
  • Creating composed stamps (Post No 79)
  • Creating cut stamps (see Post No 80, No 81 and No 84)
  • Creating carved stamps

we today start a little series of project presentations which focus on the

Creation of carved stamps

Carving is a soothing and relaxing process. – However, it is an activity that needs practice!

We need practice and patience in order to properly meet the special demands of any shape, material and tool we wish to work with.

A few erasers can be used as a cheap and easy ‘starter carving set’.

They are large enough for practicing our carving skills, and it won’t be a disaster if the carving doesn’t work out as planned: We just start again with a new set of erasers.

Project – Carving simple eraser stamps

In one of the last posts (No 79) I used four erasers to create a composed stamp.

The printing with that stamp went well, so I kept it in my ‘Useful stamp collection’ box.

Now I decided that it was time to use the stamp again.

Fabric painting - Material for carving - rubber erasers
Fabric painting – Material for carving – rubber erasers

But before using it to print a design on an apron, I wanted to change the prints’ outlook.

I used my linoleum cutters to give each of the four erasers an individual ‘outfit’ by carving a pattern on it that differed from the other three stamps’ patterns.

fabric painting - self-carved eraser stamps - carving with linoleum cutters
fabric painting – self-carved eraser stamps – carving with linoleum cutters
fabric stamping - comparison - eraser stamp - before and after carving
fabric stamping – comparison – eraser stamp – before and after carving

The printing was fun and worked out well!

fabric painting - printing with self-carved eraser stamp on apron
post 86 – fabric painting – printing with self-carved eraser stamp on apron

 How to practice our carving skills

Working on projects like this one is a good way to practice our carving skills:

  • Using easy-to-carve materials such as rubber erasers
  • and choosing simple carving patterns
  • helps us to get a feeling for the carving materials and tools and processes,
  • and enables us to achieve nice printing results immediately.

In the next carving project, I will again – for practicing purposes – work with very simple patterns. Nevertheless, the carving might be a bit more difficult as I plan not only to use rubber erasers but also linoleum sheets as carving materials.

New book on Stamping – Learn more about carving stamps

A big part of the new book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric stamping – Your fast & easy guide Number 2 – Stampingfocuses on carving projects.

Detailed information on all necessary carving supplies, step-by-step instructions with lots of images, and a broad collection of tips and tricks help the carving beginner to get an easy start.

The book ‘Stamping’ (for more information on the book series see Post 83) will be published soon.

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

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Cheers,

Margot

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