Study day/Workshop Introduction to Rubber Stamping

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Arts
One day
Course Director
Stephen Fowler

Delivered by the Centre For Print Research

Page last updated 2 January 2024


Nearly everyone has the means of rubber stamp production in their pencil case: an eraser, scalpel, pencil and maybe even a stamp pad, all that's needed is something to print on. When choosing an eraser, the common misconception is 'the bigger the better' but this is an error. Unlike linocut printing and other forms of relief printing, it isn't purely a means of reproducing a motif, picture or design.

Working with small to medium-sized erasers forces stampers to be creative and inventive. A brick stamp can print a wall, a house, street, town and even a city. Stampers aren't confined to the print room/studio. Stamping is a portable medium; you can take it anywhere, print anywhere, not just on paper but walls, food, and human bodies, for instance.

You will learn about the joys, immediacy and inventiveness of carved rubber stamps.The medium is an ideal introduction to relief printmaking and any form of DIY print.

Who is it for?

This course is ideally suited to for artists, educators, printmakers and illustrators who have some or no experience printmaking.

View the Introduction to Rubber Stamping flyer (PDF) for more information.



During the one-day course, you will learn how to carve rubber stamps from erasers. You will make single, mulitple colour stamp prints. You'll be taught how to position stamps, mask stamps and make a small rubber stamp zine containing everyone's stamp impressions.

You will learn about the joys, immediacy and inventiveness of carved rubber stamps. The medium is an ideal introduction to relief printmaking and any form of DIY print.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

  • Full price registration: £129
  • *Concessionary price registration: £103

*Available to UWE Bristol staff and alumni (including previous CFPR CPD attendees), anyone reliant on state benefits for their income, anyone currently in full-time education (worldwide) or part-time higher education (UK), and those who are retired.

The course price includes all materials. Please note that tea and coffee will be provided but we are unable to provide lunch.


Wednesday 27 March 2024 (10:00-16:00).

Please note the University terms and conditions of purchase for CPD.

How to apply

How to apply

To book your place, please apply online.

Please sign up early to secure your place.

Extra information

About the tutor

Small press publications, rubber stamps and alternative printmaking are the focus of the course tutor, Stephen Fowler's, practice. His zines and artists' books are held in national collections such as Tate Britain and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Fowler has run collaborative and experiential workshops in drawing and printmaking at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Birmingham Library, the V&A, Hayward Gallery's Wide Open School, and Margate's Turner Contemporary gallery. He is also a senior lecturer on Worcester University's Illustration Degree Course. His book on Rubber Stamping, published by Laurence Stephen King, is out now.

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