Way back in high school, one of the fun things we did in art class was create our own stamps by carving linoleum blocks. Recently, I’ve been thinking about that project and the possibility of not only creating my own stamps, but also beautiful stamped fabric.
Carving linoleum for stamps is just one of many ways to create your own personal stamps. Since I thoroughly enjoyed it in school, I went on line looking for a small kit to get me started!
You can purchase linoleum blocks for printmaking as well as a linoleum cutter and blades at your local art supply store or online. I located a Block Printing Starter Kit on Amazon that included everything I needed to get started.
It included a linoleum cutter with three different size blades, a block of linoleum with a wood backing, a brayer, tray and printing ink. I love to purchase kits when I’m trying out a new craft. It supplies everything that I need, and if I end up not enjoying it as much as I thought I would, then I’m not out a ton of money.
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For this project I used:
I began by designing my own vintage camper pattern. As you probably already guessed, I’m a huge fan of camping themed crafts. The ultimate fun of designing your own stamps is creating your own designs. It could be meant for scrapbooking, cards, wedding announcements, fabric design, or other forms of art.
You can design what you love, or even use my free vintage camper download!
Print the pattern to the size that you want. Flip it over and color in the backside of the paper with a charcoal pencil.
Lay the pattern onto the linoleum side of your block, and then trace the design. The design will transfer onto your linoleum.
Use a pen to draw over your transferred lines so that they will not smudge off while you are working on carving the stamp.
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