Carve your own rubber stamp – a PLAYshop

When?  Sunday, February 4 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Where? Qu’Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts, 406  4th Street West (between Hudson and Central Avenues) in Fort Qu’Appelle

Who? Ages 9 and up. This is an introductory PLAYshop. If you took the November PLAYshop, this covers the same material.

Cost: $40 plus some supplies (see below). Preference given to those who have not attended this before – but if you have attended before, and want to come anyway, let me know. A sliding scale from 0 to the stated price is always available. Please let me know when you register. Pre-registration is required.

To Register: Please send an e transfer to or a cheque to Box 128, Abernethy, SK. S0A 0A0. Let me know if a sliding scale is helpful to you at this time. (I may be able to borrow some  supplies if needed also.) Don’t forget to double check the list of what you need to bring.


I have been learning to carve my own rubber stamps. Would you like to learn along with me?

To start out we will carve two simple designs as a group, learning the basics of carving using Speedy Carve (a little easier to carve than than linoleum). After our introduction, can carve as many designs as you like. Each participant will be given 10 large blank cards and envelopes.  A variety of scrap paper will be available. Please bring projects to work on – for example – wrapping paper, journal, book or folder cover, box, wall art.  I have some stamp pads which we can share. Your stamp pads are welcome too.

At the end of the day, we can try one-colour lino printing with your newly carved stamps. You can see if block printing is something you are interested in pursuing.



Your imagination, some simple designs, your lunch, tools to cut your lino (easy carve with). I recommend a beginner’s tool called Speedball Lino Cutter (see photo ), a very basic cutter available at Michael’s or Black Dog Art Supply in Regina. You will also need some  Speedy Carve, at least 4″ x 6″, perhaps more (it also comes in 6″ x 12″ sizes) available at the same stores. A graphite pencil can be helpful for transferring designs. A utility knife or exacto knife can also be helpful. You need to bring some wrapping paper, boxes, book covers etc. to stamp your designs on.

Optional: You are welcome to bring stamp pads if you have them.


Stamp pads but not every colour*, scraps of easy carve, 10 blank cards and envelopes per person, scrap paper (small sizes), lino ink and roller.

I have letters – caps and small letters, but not numbers.

*I have red, black, brown, dark purple, yellow, lime green, green, orange, turqoise, blue, hot pink and salmon.