Over the past couple of days we have been luckily enough to have a visiting workshop, rubber stamp making by Stephen Fowler, today was my turn to have a go and I really enjoyed it!
He started off by showing us some examples of his work and other student’s work, I really love the organic feel to rubber stamping, I think it adds a real personal touch to any piece of work and the imperfect finish just adds to it’s charm.
I decided to carve a little elephant out of my rubber, keeping it a block shape (I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough for such a small linear drawing just yet!) When cutting your rubber you have to remember to cut at a 45 degree angle (holding your scalpel like a pencil helps) away from your stamp shape so there is a strong enough base to allow the stamp to last over and over again. Once the unwanted rubber is cut away its time to ink up, dabbing a raised ink pad onto the stamp is the best way to do this, it ensures you only get the ink on the raised parts meaning you will get a cleaner print. Next step, stamp away!
Heres my stamp, Evan the elephant
When it comes to printing with the stamps you can be as experimental as you like, testing out layering colours, layering the stamp, two tone colours, anything you can think of really. This was probably the best part of the process, armed with a stamp and being let loose with coloured ink, this is a little something I came up with;
At the end of the session we all made a book and collected everyone else’s stamps
All in all a really good workshop, I will definitely be trying stamp making again.
Check out Tasha’s blog for even more fun with stamps.