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Linoleum blocks can be used to print cards, make your own wrapping paper, or simply for art.
Another form of stamp you can make is with insulating foam. You can get this at your local hardware store. It is the insulating foam you can put around your door to keep cold air from coming in; it has tape on one side.
You will want to use foam that is fairly thick, so you will have room to cut out bigger shapes.
Cut out what shape you want, take off the paper stripping and place the foam on a block of wood.
Do the same steps as before for printing your image. This form of stamp does not last as long as the linoleum block but does not take nearly as much time to make. (Originally Published 12/28/2004)
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I like your clear and easy instructions for linoleum block printing. I want to get started in it but don't know exactly what to buy. One website said you need to make a wooden frame to hold your linoleum block, but I see you don't use one. Also, I recall when I was a teenager (many years ago!) doing this, I had to soften the linoleum with an iron. Do you have to do that with today's materials? Thanks for a reply.
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I have never used or seen a wooden frame to secure the block in and do
not know it's advantages but you do not need it to create a linoleum
block like mine. With the blocks I have used I did not need to soften
it. One thing I did not make clear in my article is that you must use
block printing paint. I recently tried some acrylic paint and it did not
work. I tried to find these items at JoAnn fabrics and they did not
carry them but possibly Michael's craft store? Please feel free to ask
more questions, I'll try to answer them the best I can.
Thanks for sharing your tips & ideas with the rest of us. I certainly like your creative idea about "Making Stamps with Insulating Foam". Do you ever have a problem with the insulating foam's adhesive eventually failing to stick?
I'm a relief print artist myself and always look through the internet to find unique and creative ideas.
You have been a great inspiration.
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Could you give me some good ideas of a drawing to put on one of these