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    Carving Eraser Stamps

    drew the design on the eraser in pen; used a lid for the circular part

    cut fairly shallow to outline the design

    first phase of stamp cutting complete

    the eraser stamp and its image, looking good but want to do more

    cut out phase two of the stamp design

    the idea behind doing just half sun is that it fits on a rectangular eraser

    sunny sun stamp

    the stars and triangles were carved with an exacto knife

     the textured lines were carved with a lino carving tool used in block printing

    half of an eraser

    half of an eraser

    the narrow rectangular edge of the eraser


    How do you make an eraser stamp?

    You'll need an eraser, a pen and an exacto knife or linocutting tool. And a bit of time not because it takes a long time to carve stamps but because you will want to carve 8,259 stamps. All at once. You have been warned.

    Start with an eraser. I get Pentel white erasers at Target. Draw the pattern or design on the eraser using an ordinary pen. When you draw the design, consider whether you want to stamp the positive or the negative and cut accordingly. Carefully cut the desired shape using an exacto knife. Straight lines are easier than curves. The eraser is like butter. You can even make more than one stamp per eraser by using the edges for tiny shapes.

    How can you use an eraser stamp in your art journal? The imperfect nature of handmade stamps is a perfect match for art journaling! Stamps add visual interest to your pages. It's rewarding to make a stamp that you cannot buy, something you designed, something unique to your work. 

    1. Stamp directly on paper to create an abstract background for an art journal page.
    2. Stamps are like jewelry for your pages. Use them to decorate & embellish.
    3. Stamp stuff and then cut out the impression and glue into your journal.
    4. Stamp with white or metallic ink on dark paper or acrylic paint.
    5. Stamp with acrylic paint or stamp into a section of wet acrylic paint on the page.

    Think in terms of textures, abstract shapes, images or patterns that you can repeat for greater impact. Before you start carving, think about how you will use your stamps. This will help guide your ideas and designs. 

    1. Stamp strips of fabric and staple to an art journal page
    2. Repeat the same stamp in a line to create a pattern
    3. Make stamps for specific needs - your blog name, your monogram
    4. Make stamps for geo-caching or mail art
    5. Stamp a row of elegant hearts on handmade recycled notecards to create Valentine's Day Cards
    6. Make a hand cut tag to insert with teacher gifts or holiday cookies
    7. Stamp the month/year or a series number on the back of your ATCs
    8. Stamp borders/edges around art journal pages
    9. Stamp flourishes in the corners of your journal
    10. Create a border for addresses on mail art envelopes

    11x15" art journal page, watercolor paper, acrylic, gesso, neocolors, eraser stamps.

    Paint something with acrylics, and while the paint is still wet, press an eraser stamp into the paint so it's completely flat. Pull off the stamp and you'll see the reverse impression (the negative space on the original stamp) in acrylic paint. The part of the stamp that usually makes the impression will actually push away the paint and the color underneath will show through. 

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