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 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.
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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