Rubber stamp carving: not a forgiving project, but if nobody ends up bleeding, I call it a win. The Speedy-Cut rubber blocks were gouged, scraped, picked at, sliced and trimmed with both scissors and knives. Those kids meant business. And as I explained to one of the most frustrated ones, it’s okay if this doesn’t end up being his favorite kind of art. The rubber won’t mind, and neither will I.
I gave a brief safety talk, a bit about positive and negative space (with my samples above showing two different styles of carving), showed them a couple of pictures from Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps by the amazing Gennine Zlatkis, and encouraged them to draw in pencil first, before picking up the Speedball carving tools. There was some sketching on paper and then transferring to rubber, consulting photos online, inspiration from Geninne’s book, and even some moms got a chance to carve. Definitely a win. 🙂
Check out Carving Eraser Stamps: Small but Mighty next.