Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamps are an easy, fun printmaking process what is versatile and gets great results. This video demonstrates how to start with a brush pen drawing which is then transferred using a graphite technique onto the surface of the Speedball Speedy Carve surface. Techniques such as how to cut many different types of lines and marks with a linoleum cutter are shown, as well as how to use a stamp pad to print the rubber stamp. Techniques for using embossing powder with a heat gun to create a raised version of the rubber stamp print are shown. Demo led by Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch and Eloise Sherrid.

Video Walkthrough

  • Lauryn learning rubber stamps from her father, who is a mail artist
  • Inspiration from a birdhouse and wrens.
  • Brush pen markers create a wide range of line widths for variety.
  • Pencil transfer technique to transfer the drawing onto the rubber.
  • Sizes of the linoleum cutter, and the types of lines they create.
  • Rubber stamps can be used for collage, making patterns, cards, paintings.
  • How to change the linoleum cutters in the handle.
  • Using an X-acto knife to cut around the size of the shape.
  • Safety: carve away from yourself.
  • How to use a stamp pad for printing.
  • Doing a test stamp first, and then going back to fix mistakes in the stamp.
  • Making prints with leftover ink, creating prints that are lighter.
  • Heating up embossing powder with a heat gun to adhere the powder to the paper.

Caution

X-Acto knives are extremely sharp and it’s really easy to cut yourself by accident!  Always wear a kevlar glove on your hand which is not holding the knife to prevent injuries. Heat guns can get really hot! Be very careful when handling them.

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