Handmade Rubber Stamps

A hand holding a small previously inked linocut of a rose
Elizabeth Castaldo working at a letterpress.
Elizabeth Castaldo working in CBA's iron hand press

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Tues, January 26th, 2:00–4:00pm ET

In this online course, students will learn how to make handmade rubber stamps as a form of relief printmaking that can be done at home. The instructor will cover methods for transferring an image to your rubber block, various carving techniques, inking the stamp and using it to make a pattern. Students will also learn how to make a two-color design and registration for printing a two-color stamp accurately.

There are a total of 12 spots open in this small-group workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. This application should be completed three weeks before the workshop’s start date.

Required materials:

  • Speedball pink speedy carve blocks about 2×3 or 3×5 inches
  • Ink pads of different colors
  • Paper to print on
  • Plain computer paper or tracing paper to sketch and transfer
  • A pencil
  • Speedball or other linocut tool
  • A sharpie (optional)
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)

About the Instructor

Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder living and working in Peekskill, NY and New York City. She received her MFA from SCAD Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Elizabeth works with printmaking, drawing, and collage to make works on paper and artists books that explore nature and the body. She has completed residencies at the Center for Book Arts, NYC and Printmaker’s Open Forum. In 2019 Elizabeth’s work was included in the traveling exhibition, “Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered”. She organized the exchange portfolio “Earth/Mother” for the SGCI 2020 conference “Puertografico”. She teaches printmaking and book arts at Parsons, Nassau Community College and the Center for Book Arts NYC. Elizabeth’s work is held in many private and institutional collections including at Savannah College of Art and Design, Carnegie Melon University, Yale University.

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