Stamps! Prints! Books!
Beginner | 3 hours 22 min
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Artist, printmaker, and educator Sarah Matthews demonstrates her vibrant signature style of layering stamps to create graphic prints. Throughout each week of this daily practice, you’ll design, carve, and print your own stamps. Then, you’ll bind the resulting prints into four different book structures. The month is rounded out with additional techniques that you can use in any book art project. Sarah’s playful, low-pressure style and dynamic approach to color creates deceptively complex designs that radiate energy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Neenah Exact Vellum Bristol 67 lb paper cut to 5" x 10"
    • Day 20 cut two sheets of paper to 5" x 11"
    • Days 22-25 cut paper to 5" x 5"
  • One 9”x12” Soft-Kut printing block
  • Versafine Clair Stamp Pads -- Sarah is using Cheeful (yellow), Charming Pink, Rain Forest (green), Warm Breeze (turquoise), Tulip Red, and Chianti (dark red)
  • Versafine Clair Reinkers
  • Power Grip carving tools
  • Pfeil Swiss Made V Gouge #12 1mm and 1mm
  • Olfa Frosted Advantage Non-Slip Ruler QR-4S
  • 18”x24” Self-healing cutting mat and/or 9” x 12” self-healing cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Bonefolder
  • Scissors
  • Pencils - Sarah prefers Palomino Blackwing
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  • Scoring board
  • Gaffer bookbinding tape
  • Double sided tape
  • 12” x 12” Chipboard - Sarah prefers Silhouette American brand
  • Japanese screw punch or awl
  • Waxed binding thread 
  • Bookbinding or embroidery needle
  • Baby wipes for clean-up
Downloads:
Learn how to:
  • Design, carve, and print Soft-Kut stamps
  • Make a two-color stamp 
  • Make a flag book
  • Make an accordion book
  • Sew a five-hole pamphlet stitch
  • Make a Turkish map fold
  • Insert a pocket

What you’ll get:
  • Expert guidance from Sarah Matthews on how to carve and print stamps and how to bind your prints into books
  • 32 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Downloadable PDF with photo resources
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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167 users recommended this class to a friend
Rabbette Love
Awesome class. I especially like the "trash" stamps. Great job showing how layering can create such a beautiful printed page. Also making the books. There is so many skills to learn from this class. Thank you so much.
5 days ago
Karissa Phelps
I LOVE YOUR PRINTS! I'm so inspired
More than 3 months ago
Jenn N
I will start by saying that I consider myself an intermediate to advanced stamp carver. I do try to watch videos as if I'm brand new, though. I think this instructor has good information to share, but I was immediately frustrated with the class when she recommended a set of tools that are in excess of $160 for the set and a pencil that can only be purchased in sets that cost $30 or more. Her carving techniques were definitely geared toward the beginner, which was fine, but I think she should have shown some differences in carving materials. When she first introduced the idea of the "trash stamps," she showed a bag she had of several carving scraps. In this bag, she had at least one other carving material because there was some pink rubber in that bag, though she never showed anything other than Speedy Cut. She never discussed differences in tools or carving materials and why you might want to try different tools and materials. I would not recommend this class to someone that actually wanted to learn more about carving. It seemed like this class was more about the prints than carving, since all of the stamps were carved with the same techniques, all of the transfer techniques were the same, and no different materials were discussed.
More than 3 months ago