Design your own stamps and print anything you can imagine
In this course by Pablo Salvaje, you will learn the technique of embossing and you will become a human printing press, exploring its possibilities you will get results similar to serigraphy, risography or lithography.
You will bring out the best of both worlds: the most creative and fun of an entirely artisanal work like the stamps and the great imaginary of the Gutenberg press and all its possibilities without the need for large spaces or huge machines.
You will know all the necessary materials and their tricks, from rubber types, types of paper, inks and the different surfaces where you can get to use your stamps.
At the end of the course, you will know everything to customize your books, travel notebooks, create a pattern for your clothes, self-edit your own prints and fanzines or turn your home into the greatest work of art.
What's included in this course?
You will begin knowing a little more the trajectory and the way of working of Pablo Salvaje as well as his graphical referents.
Then you will discover everything related to the materials and the basic tools necessary for carving stamps.
From illustrations, natural elements and photographs, you will choose a design to create your first personalized stamp. Before starting to carve, Pablo will give you the basics about embossing techniques and will talk about the types of strokes that can be done with the gouge as well as advice about the color, texture and repetition of the motif.
Then you will learn everything you need about stamping on paper with carved or uncut stamps (fingerprints), its different applications, cleaning and recommendations.
What is this course project about?
The final project will be your own poster of the size you want where all the knowledge learned will be combined: stamps, ink, paper and your imagination!
Who is it for?
To illustrators and designers who want to get away a little from the screen and the mouse, to everyone who loves things made by hand, to those who enjoy a production process where the smallest details are taken care of, whether to stamp your clothes , create the logo of your brand, make invitations for your friend's wedding, or because that Sunday afternoon you have no better plan than to spend it at home creating.
Out of fear, here you do not have to be an artist with a pencil or an expert sculptor. Nor will we use a lot of technology, you will only have to buy a handful of patience, especially to go calmly and not cut yourself, if you understand this technique as something relaxing and to meditate, you'll have it all to begin with.
You will need pencil, rubber, vegetal paper, gouge with 5 points, embossed block and books with images that you like a lot.
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Since I was little I was always in contact with the world of printing and with the noise of huge machines that printed at breakneck speed in my family's old printing press. Besides, my mother was a wallet and on vacations I helped her by sealing the letters she gave out with the postmark. It seemed that all the stars lined up to approach this world of ink and pressure.
I am a lover of nature, which I explore in my trips collecting logs, leaves, animal remains, stones or seeds, pieces that bring me closer to her and my way of life. I could not explain this passion or respect with the earth, I think it is more a union, a care, a gratitude that is born only, by a need to preserve our origins, and not lose what we have.
I consider myself a creative person and with ease to communicate. I studied acting and worked as an actor for a large part of my life, but I never left the plastic arts aside, which led me to discover embossing and the possibility of making my illustrations on stamps and being able to stamp any imaginable surface. Many of my stamps are inspired by natural objects because the textures, reliefs and shapes that I find in them make me investigate different strokes on the rubber that give a lot of game when it comes to inking and printing. The fact of doing things by hand makes me aware of the immense artistic power that any person has. "We all have talent, only some work more than others." and this was said by Chaplin, and I repeat it every morning.
The workshops are my way of escape to share everything I know, in addition to learning a technique with patience and love, the most beautiful thing in a workshop is to laugh, enjoy, share your ideas with more people and play, in short, return to a child ... all those sensations are reflected as the workshop finishes. The faces of satisfaction and illusion to see the final result make me think that we can all create and grow together.