This weekend I took a class at Handmade, an annual Wellington event where you can learn and do all kinds of crafty things. I decided to try something outside my existing range of craft skills and took a class called Hand Carved Rubber Stamps and Printing, taught by Melissa Wastney (who blogs at Tiny Happy).
The concept is quite simple really - you take a rubber eraser and some kind of carving tool (I used a little set of wood carving tools but you can also use a lino cutter) and create your very own stamp.
I had a think before the class about the kind of stamps I might like to make. My drawing skills are minimal at best so I was trying to come up with simple shapes that I can actually draw. I got the idea of creating a two piece stamp from a new design, "Flight", which Leslie Keating from maze and vale posted on instagram last week, and I guess the winter weather inspired the clouds and the rain.
The cat stamp was something that of course I had to try out. I think it turned out quite cute, like a funny little cat polka dot.
Overall I really enjoyed this class - we didn't have too much to cover in the time available, and Melissa was a great teacher with a lovely calm and encouraging manner. It was fantastic to see what everyone else in the class was doing as well - people came up with some amazing designs and my favourites were not necessarily the most complicated.
I'd like to play around with stamp carving and printing some more, and since I bought about a dozen erasers and only used 4 in class I've got plenty of material to work with! Have you ever tried making your own stamps?