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Making a Stamp

Diana MacKenzie

Making stamps for decorating stationary or gifts is fun and easy. The project Prints, Patterns and Papers is keeping guests busy cranking out unique designs.


  • A block for your stamp (We cut down sheets of insulation foam from the hardware store but you could also use sanded scrap wood, corrugated plastic sheets, styrafoam, laundry detergent cap, etc.)
  • sticky-back foam pieces
  • stamp pad or paint and a brush
  • colorful printing papers

Our volunteers are staying busy keeping the art supplies stocked in The Studio! We have lots of colorful papers to choose from.

After cutting out sticky foam pieces, peel off the back sticker and press them onto your block. Here are a few abstract designs by some young printmakers in The Studio this week.

When you design is complete, press the stamp face down onto a stamp pad and then onto your paper.

It’s fun to reveal your custom design!

Below, a group of visiting students exchanged stamps so everyone went home with 15 unique stamp designs as a memento of their trip!

A few pretty designs by guests.

For more printmaking projects and ideas from The Art Studio’s blog over the years, visit the other posts in our printmaking category.


Diana, smiling wearing an orange scarf and brown shirt.

Diana MacKenzie

Public Art Program Educator from 2007-2016, Diana has a BFA in Printmaking from Syracuse University and creates mixed-media works inspired by her travels, combining her interests in printmaking and sculpture. She received her M.A.T. from Mount Holyoke College in June 2017, and continues teaching visual arts to children and adults.