Here is a stamp I made of a sliced shell. I used foam core and self adhesive foam. They are approximately 4×7 inches.
After a full week of work, I wanted to do something not too taxing (she says) this weekend so I decided to make some stamps. It can be a challenge cutting out the shapes with a craft knife. I chose a shell as I love all things of the sea. Here is how some of the prints came out.
The idea is to paint one section in a color and then the other section in a different color. I was only using red, yellow and blue for this. The images above are printed on 140lb cartridge paper which is a little bit smoother than water color paper. These were printed on a hard surface.
The image above was printed on cartridge paper sitting on newsprint. As you can see, the paint is a bit sharper in detail as more of the paint came off. The softness of the newsprint really helps push the paint onto the paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise that there was some paint in the corner that shouldn’t have been there when I rolled the paint onto the stamp. Ditto for the letters. I will need a do-over, but you get the idea.
Making prints in this way can be time consuming as you need to clean off the stamp when changing colors. I did discover that if I misted the stamp with water, I could get some extra mileage out of the paint and have some nice images in my journal pages.
How did I do this? I rolled out paint onto my gel-plate, then rolled the paint onto the stamp, then stamped onto the gel-plate, then stamped onto the paper. I managed to pull off some prints from the gel-plate with copy paper, so nothing got wasted.
The last two on the bottom right are my favorite. By then I had worked out the technique of spraying my stamp to extend the paint.
I have always loved images made from wood and lino cuts. In the one art class I took in high school, we had a go with making lino-cuts. I still had one piece of lino (probably all dried out) and a few tools I saved for many years until my eldest took an interest when he was in his teens. I reluctantly let him have my tools. I admit it. Who knows where they are now! I need to get another set so I can make my own stamps.