Stamp mania.There are few art media that make a detailed mark as quickly as a stamp. There years ago, I made my first commercial stamp purchase through a mail order company and that was the beginning of a habit. One thing led to another until my attic was cluttered clut·ter
1. A confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble: sorted through the clutter in the attic.
2. A confused noise; a clatter.
v. with scores of stamps and I littered my mail with things like dinosaurs <onlyinclude> This list of dinosaurs is a comprehensive listing of all genera that have ever been included in the superorder Dinosauria, excluding class Aves (birds, both living and those known only from fossils) and purely vernacular terms. , pandas, the moon, and eggplants. I began to use rubber stamps at school - grading papers stamping hands, making awards and designing art communiques. Stamping was a fast, enjoyable way to make a visual statement and the children were delighted with the colored inks and images.
I did run into one problem concerning rubber stamps: I didn't have enough of them. Before I knew it, the holiday had arrived and I hadn't ordered any holiday stamps. I had heard of people hand-carving stamps from erasers, so I bought a book on the subject, some plastic erasers and began to carve my own stamps using linoleum linoleum (lĭnō`lēəm), resilient floor or wall covering made of burlap, canvas, or felt, surfaced with a composition of wood flour, oxidized linseed oil, gums or other ingredients, and coloring matter. knives.
Before long the kids at school noticed the eraser stamps and were intrigued by the carving and the stamping. They wanted to know how to carve them, how to design them and most importantly Adv. 1. most importantly - above and beyond all other consideration; "above all, you must be independent"
above all, most especially , how to stamp with them. Student's interested was obviously simmering, so I decided to take advantage of their enthusiasm and ordered a batch of plastic erasers and began to plan a lesson.
An Introducing to
Motivating the students was not a problem. After they listed to a brief history of rubber stamps and examined commercial and hand-made varieties, they were anxious to get started. The problem was getting kids to slow down, listen to directions and think carefully about what they wanted to carve. I instructed kids to trace around their eraser four times on a sheet of 9" x 12" (23 cm x 30 cm) newsprint newsprint
low grade paper used for newspapers. Old newspapers are fed to cattle as an alternative roughage and may occasionally be ingested by dogs. Significant amounts of lead are accumulated in tissues; no cases of poisoning have been recorded in cattle, though it has been and make four different preliminary designs inside the tracing before deciding which one to carve. This helped to slow the tidal wave tidal wave, term properly applied to the crest of a tide as it moves around the earth. The wavelike upstream rush of water caused by the incoming tide in some locations is known as a tidal bore. of impatience and served as a learning experience. As they drew, we discussed which kinds of designs would be easiest to carve, whether to carve the entire object and what kind of detail possible. Simplicity was emphasized because a 2" x 1 1/2" (5 cm x 4 cm) carved format was not the place to attempt an intricate design. After consulting with each student, a design was chosen and transferred onto the eraser with a ballpoint pen.
Carving the Stamps.
Students were instructed to begin cutting around their design with a #1 linoleum knife. This was demonstrated by drawing one of the projects on the chalkboard and diagraming how to cut around the entire image leaving a silhouette silhouette (sĭl'ĕt`), outline image, especially a profile drawing solidly filled in or a cutout pasted against a lighter background. . Individual help with cutting was given to anyone who desired one-on-one instruction; it was imperative to circulate around the room and observe carefully. Generally, there was no problem carving the stamps. Unlike linoleum, the surface of an eraser it soft and very easy to carve.
After several of the children had completed work with the # 1 knife, I demonstrated how to cut away the area around the design with # 3 or #5 knives. As soon as this was finished, instructions about how to cut detail with the #1 knife were given individually. Some kids wanted a simple silhouette, some preferred to cut in all detail with the knife, and still others wanted to cut around the detail. As they worked, they made sample stamps on newsprint, looked at the samples and decided what others areas of the stamp they could remove. As students experimented, excitement grew; everyone was eager to begin work on their own stamp art.
Art from Stamps
As soon as the kids were finished with thee carving, they were instructed to stamp a border around a sheet of "9 x 12" (23cm x 30 cm) paper using only their stamp. The fine art of gently applying ink from the stamp pad and firmly pressing the eraser to the paper, was demonstrated before stamping began. This part of our project was fast and simple and the students completed their borders quickly.
With their borders freshly stamped, students began to look at each other's work. There was a tremendous variety of subjects: parrots
Stamps and More Stamps
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v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
v.intr. . Moonheads sprouted sprout
v. sprout·ed, sprout·ing, sprouts
1. To begin to grow; give off shoots or buds.
2. To emerge and develop rapidly.
v.tr. from bodies that tumbled over the page, ghosts floated over haunted houses A haunted house is defined as building that is believed to be a center for supernatural occurrences or paranormal phenomena. A haunted house may contain ghosts, poltergeists, or even malevolent entities. and parrots sat in trees surrounded by musical fruit. There was real work involved in each project while an atmosphere of playful creativity filled the art-room.
Enthusiasm for the process remained high even after the projects were hung in the hall for display. Kids wanted to know where to buy erasers and linoleum knives, some sported temporary stamp tatoos, and others collected classmates' stamps on paper instead of autographs.
Carving and printing with handmade hand·made
Made or prepared by hand rather than by machine.
made by hand, not by machine
Adj. 1. stamps guarantees an exciting class project because children love both activities. Combining and sharing a classroom full of stamp forms assures playful creativity and total student involvement. Be prepared; you may get caught up in the excitement yourself. Just relax, put a little time aside, sharpen sharp·en
tr. & intr.v. sharp·ened, sharp·en·ing, sharp·ens
To make or become sharp or sharper.
sharp your linoleum knives and you'll be in the stamping business. Don't be surprised if your too end up addicted ad·dict·ed
1. Physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance.
2. Compulsively or habitually involved in a practice or behavior, such as gambling. to the pleasure of creating stamps.
Shirley Ende-Saxe is an art teacher in the Stow, Ohio Stow is a city in Summit County, Ohio, United States. The population was 32,139 at the 2000 census, and 34,404 as of 2005. It is a suburb of Akron, located adjacent to several other suburban communities in Summit and Portage counties. public schools.