Engraving Stamps and Printing Techniques

A course by Pablo Salvaje , Illustrator and Stamp Carver

Illustrator and Stamp Carver. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined February 2015

Design your own stamps and print anything you can imagine

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (605)
  • 8787 students

Design your own stamps and print anything you can imagine

A course by Pablo Salvaje

In this course by Pablo Salvaje, learn the relief engraving technique and become a human printer, exploring its possibilities to get results similar to screen printing, risography, and lithography. Discover the best of both worlds—the most creative and fun of a completely handmade work such as stamps combined with the great imaginary of Gutenberg's printing press and all its possibilities without the need for large spaces or huge machines.

Get to know all the necessary materials and their tricks, from types of rubber, types of paper, inks, and the different surfaces that can be stamped. Explore everything you need to customize your books, travel notebooks, create prints for your clothes, self-publish your own prints and fanzines, or turn your home into the greatest work of art.

This course is complementary to Pablo's other course, Relief Engraving and Contemporary Printing, where he teaches manual engraving and stamping techniques to create unique spaces.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 6 downloads

Basic tools
16 minutes, 5 seconds
Specific materials
7 minutes, 48 seconds
Choice of our design
14 minutes, 15 seconds
Carvado del sello - The planets
18 minutes, 28 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (605)
  • 8787 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 26m)
  • 6 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a poster in the size of your choice, combining everything—stamps, ink, paper, and your imagination!

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators and designers who want to get away from the screen and the mouse, anyone who loves handmade things and enjoys the production process considering the smallest details—whether for printing your clothes, creating your brand logo, making the invitations for your friend's wedding, or because you have no better Sunday afternoon plans and fancy a night in.

Requirements and materials

Shake off any fear, you don't have to be an artist with a pencil or an expert sculptor. Not much technology is used either, so all you need is a handful of patience, especially to keep calm and not hurt yourself. It's best to approach this technique as relaxing and meditative.

You also need a pencil, an eraser, tracing paper, a five-point gouge, an embossing block, and books with images that you like a lot.


8787 Students
605 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Pablo Salvaje

A course by Pablo Salvaje

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Illustrator and Stamp Carver

From a very young age, Pablo Salvaje was always in contact with the world of printing and the noise of huge machines that printed at breakneck speed in his family's old printing press. In addition, his mother was a postwoman and while on vacation he helped her by postmarking the letters to be delivered. It seemed that all the stars aligned to bring him closer to this world of ink and pressure.

He is a lover of nature, who explores on his travels, collecting logs, leaves, animal remains, stones, and seeds—pieces that bring him closer to nature and his lifestyle. He could not entirely explain this passion and respect for the land. It is more of a union, a care, a gratitude that is born out of a need to preserve our origins, and not lose what we have.

He considers himself a creative person, easy to communicate with. He studied acting and worked as an actor for a large part of his life, but never left the plastic arts aside, which led him to discover relief engraving and the possibility of turning his illustrations into stamps and stamping any imaginable surface. Many of his stamps are inspired by natural objects, since the textures, reliefs, and shapes found in nature help him investigate different lines in the rubber that leave a lot to experiment with when it comes to inking and stamping. Doing things by hand, makes him aware of the immense artistic power inside every one of us. "We all have talent, it's just that some work at it more than others," a phrase by Chaplin that he repeats to himself every morning.

Workshops are an escape route, to share everything he knows in addition to learning a technique with patience and love. The most beautiful thing about a workshop is to laugh, enjoy, share your ideas with others, and play—to be a child again. All these sensations are reflected at the end of a workshop in the faces of satisfaction and illusion on seeing the final result. It makes it clear we can all create and grow together.


  • U1


    • About Pablo Salvaje and the seals
    • Influences and referents
  • U2

    Materials and First Steps

    • Basic tools
    • Specific materials
    • Choice of our design
  • U3

    Let's do it

    • The law of Positive and negative
    • Types of strokes with the gouge
    • Carvado del sello - The planets
    • Carved of the seal - The background
    • Texture, Repetition and Color
  • U4


    • Paper stamping
    • Different applications
    • Cleaning and recommendations
  • FP

    Final project

    • Carving stamps and stamping techniques

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Engraving Stamps and Printing Techniques. Craft & Illustration course by Pablo Salvaje

Engraving Stamps and Printing Techniques

A course by Pablo Salvaje
Illustrator and Stamp Carver. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined February 2015
  • 99% positive reviews (605)
  • 8787 students