Ask students to decide whether they
want to emphasize the lines or the
spaces. If they carve the lines, their
design will print in the positive.
If they carve out the spaces, their
design will be in the negative.
Using an X-Acto knife or linoleum cutting tools, have students
cut out all the parts of the eraser
that they don’t want to be part of the
design. You don’t have to cut very
deeply, just enough to set the design
apart from the background. They
should carve carefully, keeping their
fingers away from the direction of
the blade. (The teacher should do the
carving for younger students.)
Have students put on smocks and
cover their workspace with newspaper. They should clean up any loose
pieces of cut eraser from their work
spaces and from their erasers. You
don’t want specks of eraser to cause
little white spots in the printing.
Test stamp by pressing them onto
an inked stamp pad and then onto
practice paper. You might want to
fix some of the rough edges.
If students are using a paper or
cloth you can see through, it might
be helpful to place a paper underneath with lines measured and
drawn on it as a guide. It is important that the stamping be neatly
done and if you wish to build patterns, that the edges of the eraser
touch each time you stamp. Students can keep their erasers in the
same position each time they print,
or turn alternate rows around. Try
alternating the columns. Students
should turn the eraser each time
they print as though they are laying
bricks. They can also rotate around
Print with more than one stamp or
more than one color. Students could
work together and share their materials. Use different size and shapes
of stamps on the same work. Print
over old artwork or specially made
backgrounds. Try different types of
papers, or try printing over a collage.
Combine with other stamps around
Judith Blake taught this lesson at the
Mont’Kiara International School in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia. blakesmarestudio@
• one eraser per student
• stamp pads. These can be
the indelible ink type from
stationery stores, or
• make one with a scrap piece of
felt and some tempera paint
set in a foam, plastic, or metal
plate. Block print inks work
very well, also.
• linoleum cutting tools or
• paper or fabric to print on
• plain white bond paper
• #2 or softer pencils
Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and
processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.
See more pattern ideas and
eraser artwork online!
Middle: Rachel Young, grade ten, designed at least six motifs on two different eraser shapes.