Manual Printing for Photopolymer Stamps

A course by Fábrica de Texturas
Design Workshop. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 02/17/2015
, Design Workshop

Discover printing and engraving techniques using domestic tools

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (132)
  • 2376 students

Discover printing and engraving techniques using domestic tools

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (132)
  • 2376 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • Updated on 07/05/2019
  • 15 Lessons (1h 59m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

The photopolymer is a padded textured material that reacts when exposed to ultraviolet light and is used to create seals through photogravure. Using simple materials and processes, anyone can create photopolymer stamps from an illustration or design.

From the hand of Textures Factory, Madrid studio-workshop integrated by Gabriela Rodríguez and Xavier Robledo, you will learn, step by step, to create your own photopolymer stamps and stamping techniques with different textures and finishes.

This is the second course taught by Textures Factory after its foray into the world of DIY binding techniques .

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Modern Engraving
  • U3
    U3. Photopolymer stamp production
  • U4
    U4. Stamping
  • U5
    U5. Print
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start by knowing Gabriela and Xavier, who will tell you about their work, their courses and their pedagogical method. They will also tell you some of their influences in the world of engraving and manual printing.

You will know different manual printing systems, their advantages and disadvantages. Then, you will focus on engraving and photogravure, which will be the technique you will use during this course. You will review the necessary materials and tools before creating your stamps.

The next step will be to produce your photopolymer seals, a process that you will see step by step from cutting the plate to the first printing tests. You will prepare your negatives and then insolate them with a light source of your choice.

Once you have created your stamp, you will start stamping it on different surfaces and with different inks, finishes and textures. Gabriela and Xavier will explain some tricks to improve the stamping of your stamp.

Finally, you will learn more complex printing techniques with various colors, repetition of elements and auxiliary seals of foam .

What is this course's project?

You will create a print on paper of an illustration or your own design.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To designers, illustrators and anyone interested in stamping or engraving, who wants to learn how to make insolated stamps domestically.

What you need

You will not need previous knowledge, although you could use basic notions of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

As for materials, you will need a photopolymer base plate. You will learn to use a domestic insoler, but if you don't have one you can use the sun or a UV flashlight. You will also need water paint, paper and rollers.


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Textures Factory is a 100% “Do It Yourself” project based in Madrid since 2012. Behind Gabriela Rodríguez and Xavier Robledo, two lovers of handmade whose philosophy is based on experimenting with artisanal techniques and plastic arts to make them current and accessible to everyone.

Their DIY kits and workshops have become so famous that brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ikea, Mahou, Fnac or DaWanda claim them in all kinds of collaborations and events.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Modern Engraving

    • Manual printing systems
    • Engraving and photogravure
    • Materials and tools
  • U3

    Photopolymer stamp production

    • Step by Step
    • Preparation of negatives
    • Preparation of negatives II
    • Sunstroke options
    • Tips and frequently asked questions
  • U4


    • Seal assembly and stamping
    • Inks, finishes and textures
    • Manual Stamping
  • U5


    • Registration Marks
    • Different types of printing
  • FP

    Final project

    • Manual stamping with photopolymer seals

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Manual Printing for Photopolymer Stamps. A Craft course by Fábrica de Texturas

Manual Printing for Photopolymer Stamps

A course by Fábrica de Texturas
Design Workshop. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 02/17/2015
  • 98% Positive reviews (132)
  • 2376 students