Printmaking: Rubber Stamp Patterns
25 STEPS
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White Eraser or Small Piece of Soft Linoleum
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Linoleum Carving Tool
1 or more
Stamp Pad
1
Pencil or Pen
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White Eraser or Small Piece of Soft Linoleum
1
Linoleum Carving Tool
1 or more
Stamp Pad
1
Pencil or Pen
1
Utility Knife or Exacto
1
Scrap Paper to Make Templates
A few sheets
Paper
Safety Note: This lesson uses sharp tools, not for young kids or older kids without adults present.
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You will need linoleum carving tools for this lesson, which come in many types.
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My favorite kind has multiple tips stored in the handle. Then you have a fine tip and larger tips.
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Make templates of shapes that can be made into patterns. See “Drawing: Tessellations 1” for ideas.
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The shapes should be simple and small enough to fit on your white eraser or piece of linoleum.
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I’ll test my triangle. First I trace it on my linoleum with a pen or pencil.
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Next I will use my utility knife or X-Acto blade to VERY carefully cut off the extra pieces.
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Now my triangle is ready to carve!
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I’ll also use a square. Squares are simple and work in surprisingly diverse ways to make patterns.
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Practice! I smeared pen ink on a scrap so you can see. Press down and slide slowly to carve lines.
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Always carve away from your body, and if possible, your fingers too. Like in the second stroke here.
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The carved part will be white when stamped. Pat gently on the stamp then press firmly on your paper.
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I’m ready to carve my triangle. I’m going to draw a design on it first.
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You can either carve the lines or everything but the lines, depending on what you want to be white.
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Now I’ll test it! My triangle doesn’t quite complete a circle so I’ll try a different pattern style.
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Now I will try my square. First I will draw a design on it.
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I switch between a fine tipped carving tool and a medium tipped one for thicker lines as I carve.
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When I tested it, I discovered that every set of four makes a larger circle pattern!
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Looking at my test sheet, I see I’m ready to do something more.
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My favorite thing to do with my pattern stamps is to make custom greeting cards.
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Here is my finished card!
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Here’s another pattern. I carved some and tested it in blue, then carved more and stamped it in red.
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You can always look to professionals for more inspiration, like Instagram artist @inkycatprints.
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With very simple shapes and designs she makes wonderful patterns.
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She also does very clever detailed designs. Good luck with your patterns!
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