Lesson 4: Bad Stamping Pathologies

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Now that you have practiced stamping, I thought it might be helpful to go over some bad stamping pathologies. When you stamped image comes out less than ideal, it is important to know why. Stamping is about applying the correct amount of pressure and ink. Below are some bad stamping pathologies with

Ideally, all images would come out as crisp as the stamped image above. The stamped image is complete, there are no blotches of ink anywhere, and all the lines look clean and crisp. This is what you want! Unforutnately, we all end up with imperfect image sometimes.
This image is missing some of the details, there are whole patches just completely missing. This is due to one of two things: not enough ink or not enough pressure. Like mentioned in Lesson #2, check to make sure your stamp is fully inked before you stamp it. If there is ink all over the stamp, the image on the rubber part will be shiny with ink. Sometime it is easy to tell if the stamp is fully inked if the ink color is darker, but you have to rely on the shiny quality when the ink color is lighter.
The image above has blotchy lines, and the edges are blurry. This happens when you have too much ink or too much pressure. You have too much ink if your whole piece or rubber is inked, in between the lines of the image. If you applied ink to where it just coats the raised image portion of the stamp, then you have applied the correct amount of ink, which means the problem is too much pressure.
This image was made poorly because you can see a shadow of the image. This image was made by holding the stamp unsteadily. Remember, you have to hold the stamp firmly in your hand.

Once you realize which bad stamping pathologies you have, it is easy to correct them. Apply more or less ink, more or less pressure, and keep your hands steady while stamping. Remember, even the best of stampers suffer from bad stamping pathologies too!





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