Featured technique: rubber stamping

I say this all the time, but there is a big difference between being artistic and being creative. Being artistic means you can draw a dog. Being creative means you can imagine how to make something that people see and say “wow!”

I am not artistic. If I draw a picture of a dog, you might politely ask me if it’s a horse. You will try to spare my feelings, but you won’t be sure if it’s a horse or a dog you are looking at. 

But. I am creative. I can decide what I want a project to be like, and how to use tools to get what I want. I’m a big fan of stripes and dots for this reason. And I’m also a big fan of using rubber stamps to create fantastic finished projects. 

We have a lot of stamps at DIYC. In fact, when we redid the store back in March, consolidating the stamps to make it easier for customers was exciting. We have three drawers of stamps, ranging in size from large sheets that are great for backgrounds to tiny stamps on pegs that are perfect for detail work. 

Stamps have some limitations – just like any tool. One of the limitations is their size. What we have is what we have, and we can’t cut them to make them fit somewhere else (since we want to have them for future use, as well). Stamps work better on flatter surfaces, but can curve around some items. For instance, if a mug is fairly uniform top to bottom, you can use a stamp around it easily. But if it is tapered from top to bottom, a large stamp may not work. You just have to give them a dry run to see. 

You can use stamps to give your background a large overall repeating pattern, or use a single one as a focal point. After you have stamped, you can paint around details or fill in some, or you can add stamps over a painted background. 

Using stamps on pottery is a great way to add detail and design. Come give it a try!