handcarved stamp

Amazing, how a project gets lost under a stack of other things, and resurfaces much later. I’m learning to accept this as part of a creative process, and really, how learning happens. Pick it up, put it down, forget about it, progress it a little more. You may remember our summer’s day of handcutting linoleum. Well, on a stormy autumn’s day I got round to printmaking.

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The linocuts are thin and unwieldy, much easier to handle when mounted on a block of wood. We cut a piece and sanded it a little.

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White glue and some pressure should suffice to attach the linoleum. A bigger linocut might like to be left under something heavy until the glue dries.

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Not having come across a white inkpad, I decided to make one to go with the handcarved stamp. I reused a couple of piece of foam, cut to fit a lidded plastic box. Squeezing the block-printing ink between the piece of foam, and then harassing it until the ink spread out and bled through, worked very well.

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Stamping is so basic a type of printmaking, I often forget that’s what it is. The envelopes and brown-paper packets I send from the appleturnovershop are now rendered glamourous with a bit of ornamentation, how nice.

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