Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Making Rubber Stamps from Gloria Page's book

Yesterday a friend and I set decided we would make rubber stamps. I had some soft cutting printing blocks I had ordered many years ago from Dick Blick. They do come with a powdery residue on them. We washed them before we did any cutting. I got out my set of exacto knives and two self healing matts.

I also got out the Speedball Cutter with the very sharp blades. With the book open , we began with the easy part, cutting the block. Using a colored pencil, I measured a square. I cut a square. Wow, I felt success. I continued reading and then kinda frayed the edge of the square with the exacto knife. It took a little while to understand what I was doing, but the results were great. I made my first soft block rubber stamp, a whisper outline stamp. The second stamp was a tag stamp. The circle was a little whonky, but it was a learning experience. The third stamp took a bit longer, but I was determined. I made a faux postage stamp. This time, I used the speedball cutter and a small U shaped gouge blade. The hardest part was cutting out the rectangle in the middle. I am not good at making straight lines. The fourth stamp was the cutout from the faux postage stamp. In the book, Gloria Page shares templates for personal use. I looked at one and thought, a straight line and some U shape gouges. Then, I whispered the edges.

Here are some of the stamped images. The blue is the fourth stamp. The red is the whisper stamp. I was using some old stamp pads for the red. I found if I inked the stamp and laid the paper on top of the stamp, I got a better image.
Gloria Page's book is a fantastic resource for making rubber stamps. It is easy to follow, a great book to read, and filled with art stamps.
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  1. Clear stamps stick to acrylic blocks. Press the stamp on the block, then turn it stamp side down and press on paper to make sure it is completely attached. Use pigment inks; dye inks bead up and do not produce crisp images.

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