Hello, my name is Melissa Lee. I’m a designer, illustrator, and crafting enthusiast. I’ve been making my own stamps for a while, for both crafting, packaging, and even some of my pattern design work.
When I started, I really only had a vague idea of where to begin, so I had all these questions. What tools and materials are the best to use? What’s the difference between linoleum and rubber and which should I try first? Where were stamp makers finding things like wood block mounts? I did a lot of googling and trial and error to figure all of that out, so I wanted to create a class that serves as a bridge from not knowing where to start to being comfortable with stamp making.
All you really need is a pencil, a rubber carving block, something to carve with, an ink pad, and paper, but I’ll go over the many tools and materials that I use in depth, demonstrate a couple of ways to transfer designs to rubber, the best ways to carve your rubber, and finally, inking and stamping.
I’ve picked up a lot of useful tips and tricks along the way so I wanted to share my best practices with all of you. I think stamping and block printing is a really unique and fun medium that can open up a whole new avenue of creativity for you. So let’s get to carving! Hope to see you there!
The class project is simply to create your own stamp! I'd love to see any process pics you'd like to share along with the final stamp.
The easiest and fastest way to get all of the essential tools you'll need is to go with the Speedball Block Printing Starter Set, but if you want to get fancy like me, I've listed all of the tools and materials I use, and then some:
Ink and Paint