Before I left for my maternity/medical leave, my 5th and 6th graders were carving rubber stamps. They were turning out so well and I can’t wait to see all of the finished projects.
Here are some of our stamps from previous years. We looked at African Adinkra symbol stamps and the students created their own personal symbols.
We print our stamps by applying acrylic paints with a foam brush. A light touch is best.
Students can also test their stamps with a regular ink pad or use washable markers. Color the stamp with your markers, breathe on the stamp to “reactivate” the ink and then carefully stamp your image on the paper.
I checked out a great book called Carve Stamp Play by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer about carving stamps from the library. I’m going to order this one for next year. It has a lot of good ideas and inspirations for carving your own stamps. For art teachers with experience, the ideas might be ones you’ve already seen before, but it looks like a good reference book to have in the classroom. A student who finishes carving one stamp can look through this book to get more ideas.