Thursday, 12 September 2013

Stamp It!!!

Hello everyone!

Recently I had been thinking about doing some home screen printing but I didn't have any of the equipment to do it.  I looked online and found some great tutorials but it is really messy and I don't have a lot of space to do it.  I also found that the equipment was quite expensive for screens etc.  

So i had a think and I thought about stamping! Or lino printing so I did my research and found that Japanese seemed to do the best rubber and inks for this kind of printing.  I was able to get my ink from Hobbycraft but had to order some rubber pads and tools from a lovely lady on Etsy.

These were the rubber pads I ordered and aren't they really cute!  They come in different colours and this makes it easier to carve out your design.  Each pack came with some transfers and a sheet of tracing paper so you can copy the designs.  

I chose a button for my first attempt.  I traced the button and then rubbed it onto the rubber pad.  This was the easy bit and then i cut around the button using a very sharp knife and special cutting tools.  One is shaped like a v and the other a u.  The v is for more detailed work and the other to take away large areas quickly.

So here is my first try at a stamp.  It was very wobbly looking and a bit dented and chipped looking.  It took a while to do and it was like carving through butter!  Very easy to slip and cut away more than you wanted to. 

I used some inks I ordered from Japan to do the print.  They can be used on fabric, paper, wood and metal.  If you iron then it seals the ink and it won't wash out fabric.  You can't seem to get them in the UK, well I can't find anyone so far.

This is my button printed :s It's really wobbly and missing bits but I think it is ok for a first attempt.

Next I thought I'd try a penguin because it was really cute and was much bigger and I thought I'd have a better chance of achieving a smooth, clean line.

And this is the stamp!  It looks much better and smoother and the print camp out a lot better than the other one.

So now I am working on some more small stamps which I will share with you once they have been completed!

Dittery Dot

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