Stamp Carving From Leaf Prints
20 STEPS
1 (roughly 5”x7”)
Piece Of Linoleum
1
Linoleum Carving Tools
1
Utility Or Exacto Blade
1 or more
Ink Pads For Stamps Or Block Printing Inks
1 (roughly 5”x7”)
Piece Of Linoleum
1
Linoleum Carving Tools
1
Utility Or Exacto Blade
1 or more
Ink Pads For Stamps Or Block Printing Inks
1
Color Permanent Marker (optional)
Several
Small Fresh Leaves
Today we will learn how to make realistic leaf stamps using real fresh leaves as our templates.
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First gather a few small newly emerged leaves. Here we have a fern, a violet, and two birch leaves.
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Gently pat the vein side of a leaf on an ink pad. I like to use the lid to press it to my linoleum.
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To make it easier to see while carveing, you can stain the linoleum with colored marker ink first.
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I’m going to print all of my leaves at once, as they will otherwise become too wilted to print.
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Put it aside for the ink to set. It may not dry fully, but it will smear a lot if the ink’s too wet.
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If needed, practice using your linoleum carving tools. Press down and slide away from your fingers.
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Cut one leaf free with your blade leaving as much space around it as you can for easier carving.
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First carve the outline of your leaf. It’s challenging to carve right at the edge of the linoleum.
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In this leaf I’ll carve away everything except the veins. I’ll first carve outline of each vein.
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Now I’ll use the larger carving tool to carefully carve out the sections between each vein.
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Now I use my utility blade to carefully trim off the outer edges.
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Time to test the stamp! Press it gently a few times into the ink pad, then firmly onto the paper.
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Sometimes you’ll want to carve a little more to clean up a few areas until you’re happy with it.
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With this second birch leaf, I’ll show you a different approach to carving your leaf.
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Now I’ll carve the outline and then carve away the leaf veins (instead of carving around them.)
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Now I’ll trim the exterior, test it on the stamp pad, and make any final adjustments I want.
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I like how the more delicate and the more bold styles compliment each other.
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You can also do the carving first and then cut them apart if you prefer.
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Linoleum carving this delicate takes practice and patience. Good luck with your leaf stamps!
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