Beginner | 3 hours
Taught by Sarah Matthews
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.
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

Chapters
Stamps! Prints! Books!
00:47
Week 1 - Make a geometric flag book
05:21
04:31
03:13
04:03
06:51
08:22
23:20
Week 2 - Make a fruit sample book
08:58
09:25
13:40
08:13
05:56
04:32
07:56
Week 3 - Make a floral accordion book
05:14
10:45
06:10
04:40
01:45
01:43
11:13
Week 4 - Make an abstract upcycled book
04:58
03:42
04:04
02:57
04:25
03:07
09:48
Additional inspiration
01:16
03:54
07:54
Materials
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
Discussion
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