Stamping & Printing


Creating printing marks with stamping is a technique that offers ways to include a wider variety of marks and to be creative with textures on the sheets that will be used for collage.There so many ways to apply paint with stamping in the creating process, and this offers a quick and effective way to create larger areas of marks and textures.

The Process

The idea is to transfer paint onto the deli sheets without using a paintbrush or drawing tool. Creating repeat patterns and collections of shapes is what the process of stamping allows you to do.

Materials needed: the inside of a loo roll (or kitchen roll, or a cardboard sheet can work as well when rolled up to create a tube) and a few carrots! Carrots to be cut into different geometric shapes and forms adapted from the letter-inspired drawings.

Use a craft knife or sharp small kitchen knife that is not serrated for the cutting and carving of shapes. Keep it simple at first, you can always adapt shapes and add more details to the forms used for stamping for follow on projects. Different materials can be used as the stamping tool - I find carrots to work best as a cheap material to be cut and carved. Potatoes are also suitable, but carrots are more suitable for size and application in this case!

At first use shapes such as squares, circles, triangles and thin strips of carrot for stamping. Stick to using the complimentary colours: red and yellow, blue and green, purple and orange for the stamping. You can use clear deli sheets as well as ones with paint on them. Be mindful of the colours to be printed, a dark shade of a colour on top of a lighter colour is best.

You can also print in white on darker colours, and then once properly dry add a thin layer of matte medium mixed with a blueish colour as glaze (see video).To create an overall pattern with thin lines I find the loo inner tube to be ideal for multiple circular marks, it can be adapted to become different round and loopy marks. The cardboard will become saturated and thus create a thicker line. When this happens you can cut the tube shorter and use a fresh section for stamping.

Other vegetables are good for printing: celery, green beans and mange tout peas or sugar snaps are useful for different patterns, but you can create similar shapes by cutting the carrots into suitable shapes. The printed sheets will be cut up and used to create flower and plant shapes in unique and creative ways. Here’s a video demo to explain the processes.

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