Print & Stamp Lab

Errata

In there very first printing in 2010, there was a printing error where the text from p.16 was repeated on 17. But it was corrected in the next printing.

This is the text that should be on p.17 from the first edition.

Some Thoughts on Rubber Stamp Pads

I like to use permanent ink because it dries right away. This is particularly handy for working in layers and allows you to paint a color wash over something that is already stamped or printed. I also don’t like to clean my stamps. Yes, I heard that gasp. But with the permanent ink, I don’t have to. The ink dries on the stamp right away and (for the most part) doesn’t transfer onto another stamp pad. When it does transfer, it creates an interesting color effect as it transitions from the old color to the new. I like that. You can also stamp on just about any surface with permanent stamp pads, including glossy paper, metal, and glass. And there is no need to heat set it to make it permanent. Other kinds of stamp pads work fine too. If you know you won’t be painting on top of something you’ve stamped with a non-permanent stamp pad, then there’s no problem. Different kinds of stamp pads and different types of paper give results in different effects and finishes. I really like the flat look of the chalk stamps. Play with different kinds and see what you like. Just like acrylic paint, different tools will stamp better with different kinds of stamp pads.

To print using a stamp pad, simply press the printing block (or roll when using a printing roller) onto the stamp pad, moving it around until the surface of the stamp or roller is covered with ink, then stamp or roll onto the paper. With bigger printing blocks it might be easier to lay the printing block down face up and press the stamp pad onto to the block, moving it around until the surface of the stamp is covered with ink.