Making linocut rubber stamps: Dos and Dont’s

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Linocut rubber stamps, also known as Lino, are the type of rubber stamps that are popular amongst aspiring rubber stamp designers due to the fact that it can easily be customised. If you are looking to create your own rubber stamps and use it for crafting techniques like block printing, then linocut rubber stamps are ideal for you. Here are some things you should know if you decide to make your own linocut rubber stamps:

Do make Preparations

Despite being slightly tougher compared to other carving blocks, lino still remains one of the most popular carving block options for users who want to customise rubber stamps. This is due to the fact that lino is extremely available- you can purchase it from rubber stamp suppliers or even regular craft stores. Lino is also affordable for most users since they are low cost. To make linocut rubber stamps, you will need to purchase the lino and carving tools. You will also need an acrylic block, wooden block or wooden mount to mount your rubber stamps on after you have finished carving the rubber stamp design. For reference, it would also be best to draw a copy of your desired design before you begin carving.

Do take Precautions

Do be careful to take special precaution when using the carving tools. To accommodate the tough texture of carving boards, carving tools are made extra sharp for easy carving. While it’s true that carving tools generally have a good grip and enables users to carve elaborate yet intricate lines, there may be occasions where you will need to slow down the carving speed since working too fast can result in the blades slipping. To accommodate the ease of carving, you can consider warming up standard lino just slightly.

Don’t forget to test print

Once you have successfully created your linocut rubber stamps, it would be best to test it out along with ink on other scrap material until you become accustomed to the amount of pressure you need for even ink distribution. You can choose to mount your linocut rubber stamps so that you have a better control over stamping, or use it unmounted. You can also roll a brayer over the stamp so that the pressure is even when stamping.

Don’t forget Image Transfer

If you are customising your rubber stamp in this manner for the first time, you will experience immense difficulty if you attempt to simply do it by hand. To help you gauge the measurements and sizing, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by using image transfer. Simply draw your image on the lino or trace your image and transfer onto it by setting the drawing over and firmly pressing down so that the markings get on it. This will ensure that your design stays in place and won’t stray from your original copy.

Posted on: July 20, 2017

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