I have been asked to post a tutorial on how I go about making stamps and stamp prints . So here it is .
Start small if you’re just starting : simple design is easier to do , and almost any mistake will look like it was meant to be there.
Materials and tools for cutting out stamps vary . You can cut your image on wood , rubber , and even stone . Rubber erasers are perfect for smaller stamps .
If you’re good at drawing free hand, use a black marker , an ink pen , or a soft pencil to draw your design directly on a surface you will cut .
On this photo below is the design I chose from a Chinese flip book of cutouts.
2017 will be a Year of a Rooster, so I picked an image of a Rooster .
I usually use transparent paper to transfer my sketches or found designs onto the rubber surface .
I used a pen here only because I wanted the image to show better on a photo . Using a soft pencil is the best .
The image can be stamped on wood , use a thin layer of acrylic paint for that , and then colored in with color pencils or acrylic paints . It is a good idea to varnish a painting done on wood .
When stamping with acrylic paint, the stamp should be washed after only a few image transfers and dried on a paper towel . New images will come out clean looking .
Happy stamping !