Everyone loves rubber stamps right? I will now impart my wisdom to you and show you how you can make your own.
- linoleum sheet
- wood blocks
- lino cutter
- box cutter or X-Acto knife
- craft glue
- pencil (not shown, but you should know what these look like)
You can get the linoleum sheets and lino cutting supplies from a craft or art supply store. I got this kit and some lino from my local art store. To get the woodblocks you will have to have a brother with a table saw.
Trace around your wood block
then cut out a piece of lino to size. Probably best to do this on a cutting mat or an old magazine.
using a pencil, draw out your design
line up your pencil drawing with your piece of lino and transfer the pencil image using pressure.
Ta da! Note that if you are using text, the image will be backwards, which is what you want so that your final image will be not backwards.
Carve out your design. Always cut away from yourself… you know… so that you don’t cut yourself.
Glue your lino to your block. Wait for it to dry. Or not. Your choice.
Now that is a good looking stamp.
Stamp! I used printing ink and a brayer. You could also use a stamp pad. Or fabric ink onto fabric.
Here is another stamp I made.
You could test out your stamp and clean up any bits of lino that protrude enough to leave ink marks. My preferred method is to say they add character and leave them.