The first time I tried cutting rubber stamps I new I was hooked. I created a wonky looking acorn out of a eraser with a not so great linoleum cutter, but even so. It was magic. So I went out and got myself some proper tools and materials. Time flies when I am carving and it so much fun trying out the stamp for the first time and see if you succeeded.
I get inspired by nature and I love carving birds. I carve linoleum prints as well, but I do prefer working with rubber carving blocks.
I use stamps mainly to create art, hand printed cards and other decorations. Here you can see a small selection of my stamps. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
I get a lot of questions about my carvings and what materials I use. So I thought I should share a little bit about my process. I start off by tracing a drawing with a tracing paper. I use a soft pencil, like 4B, but not too soft or it will smudge too much on the rubber block later when I carve. I then carefully transfer the drawing onto the rubber carving block with a bone folder (the White thingie below). There are different brands of rubber carving blocks (moo carve, speedy carve etc) but I buy mine from Amazon.co.uk . Search for "rubber carving block" and you will find several options to choose from. You can also try out carving on white erasers to create smaller stamps.
Once the drawing is transferred I start carving with my linocarving tools. I love mine from Pfeil. They are a bit expensive but brilliant. I use the scalpel for cutting away the rubber around the design.
Once I'm finished with my carving, I wash it in lukewarm water and neutral soap. I wait a bit for it to dry. Then I apply ink with an ink pad. I use these from tsukineko called versafine which I think are great (se image below).