1. Come up with an idea …the hardest part I think. Look at books, magazines, or your own photos or drawings. Draw your design on a piece of tracing paper.
2. Transfer your image to the block by turning it over and rubbing with the back of a spoon. Carve away the negative space (the part you do not want to have ink catch). Remember to take your time, slow and steady wins the race. Hot tip: Always carve away from yourself.
3. Tap away any crumbles, If you’re a diligent person, wash your stamp and let dry. Ink up your stamp using an ink pad or brayer. Make a test print using even pressure. Choose a surface and print away! Remember, it doesn’t have to be paper.
There are a variety of soft block surfaces that you can choose from, below are some of the most common. I would steer clear of Speedy Cut, but Speedy carve or Moo Carve are well liked by many people. You can click on the images below to be taken to an amazon link to read reviews if you like.
You will also need a Linoleum Cutter Tool. I like the one that has self storage in the handle from Speedball. I'm lazy, so I like a few handles so I don't have to keep changing blades back and forth. This one below comes with two, which appeals to me. I also like the look and ease of popping out the blades in the wooden handle one below as well.
To stamp you will need an ink pad. There are a bazillion choices and it's easy to get caught up in the color choices. Stick with a good black archival ink from Ranger or Versafine to start and then build up colors from there. I gravitate towards the Momentos brand for colors that I don't need to be permanent. There are a ton of color choices and they are small and easy to store.
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