Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Rubber Stamping, by Stephen Fowler. Review.

Rubber Stamping:

Get Creative with Stamps, Rollers and Other Printmaking Techniques

By Stephen Fowler

Laurence King/October 2016

Hardback £17.95

ISBN 978 1 78067 8658

Star rating: ****

The author of this wonderful new book, Stephen Fowler, is a professional printmaker. His art school training enables him to see beyond craft stamping – he approaches DIY stamping as a hands-on, endlessly resourceful creative experience. This book is a celebration of simple printmaking methods, seen with an artist’s eye.

I was predisposed to like this title due to its clever and inspirational foreword by papercutter extraordinaire Rob Ryan. What a super choice of a rubber stamping advocate. 

Since a rubber stamp is a DIY printing press in its simplest form, much is made of the medium’s cheeky potential. Make a stamp, make a statement . DIY rubber stamping is a craft that requires little investment - an eraser and a craft knife for cutting are the basic necessities, plus a stamp pad or other ink source for printing (and, of course, a surface to print on).  Illustrated step-by-steps are provided, along with techie tips. Methods are given for registering multi-coloured prints and for masking, a technique which enables you to build up sophisticated mult-layered compositions. There’s also a section on how to build up patterns with repeating images.

In addition to making and printing with rubber stamps, other materials, such as craft foam are dealt with. How to make rollers with pipe lagging? Check. Homemade ink pads. No problem.

There are also many fun thinking-out-of-the-box  project ideas, such as faux postage stamps, edible prints, and printing with bleach to make “ghost images”. 

Back of book , you’ll find an index, a handy reading list, and a mini-directory of specialist suppliers. 

Rubber Stamping fizzes with enthusiasm and provides the know-how and inspiration to get you started as a DIY stamper.

Note: I was supplied with a review copy of this title.