I haven’t done a step-by-step post for ages, so I thought I’d get back into the habit of recording my progress as I made a new rubberstamp. This is a really easy process that doesn’t need anything more than a sharp blade; other than a cheap pencil eraser and a pencil, of course! I also use a marker pen to add a little colour to the surface which helps me see the image emerge better:
Then draw the image directly onto the eraser in pencil…
Then the tricky part starts – a little patience is required here. I work by cutting a V groove around the image, first by cutting along the line…
…then cutting at a shallower angle against it:
And I remove each segment each time to keep a close eye on the detail.
Notice the ‘V’ shape? As well as allowing for good blade control, there is also a practical purpose too – the v shape helps to stop the rubber from deforming and spreading under pressure.
I will always try to get a good clean edge to my cuts first time around, but often find I need to make more adjustments in the fiddlier areas.
Once the edges are clear,the rest of the surface is removed and the block trimmed down. Time for testing!
I’m really pleased with this. Just a little defining on the feet and a clean up beneath and it’s:
Yay!This has been cut especially for a collaborative book arts project (more of which another time) but I think I’ll be looking for as many opportunities to use it a lot. Now what is a Lestaret post without a close-up and some nice paper texture?
Happy to oblige.