Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  pop-up rubber stamp making

Pop-up Rubber Stamps - 3 day course

this course has now finished !

we have included feedback from the course delegates below:

“What was the best aspect of the course: everything – the super-duper tuition and atmosphere created by the highly skilled tutors.”
“Very clear instruction and excellent artwork.”
“The best aspect: learning how to make imagery/stories using rubber stamps.”
“Very clear and enjoyable workshop.”
“Lots of new skills and techniques and great to see how different everyone’s work was at the end of the course.”
“Freedom to experiment, access to good materials, good demonstrations.”


Learn how to make rubber stamps and turn your images into a pop-up book on this a 3-day course in the summer.

On the first day you will learn how to make single colour and multiple colour rubber stamps. You'll be taught how to register and mask your prints. You will also be taught how to make homemade stamp pads using jay cloths and drawing ink.


On the second day you will learn a variety of structures and mechanisms for pop-ups including pull-tab mechanisms. Your stamp ideas from the first day can be used as a starting point.


On the final day you will combine and develop your rubber stamps and pop-up ideas to incorporate in a limited edition pop-up book for all participants to take home.

Materials provided:
· stamp pads
· erasers
· paper
· card for bookbinding

You will need to bring:
· Pencils
· scalpels (ideally swan Morton size 10a)
· sketch books
· scrap books (to use as inspiration for the stamp design)

If you also want to see how to make home-made ink pads, you will need to bring drawing ink, any colours (you can mix them and make a range of different coloured pads if you wish).

Course Tutors:

Stephen Fowler
Stephen is a Folk Artist of extraordinary complexity, who over the past 5 years has created a vast body of work illustrating a deep emotional journey of personal identity. His multifarious practice embraces many traditional crafts, forgotten techniques and skills that belong to bygone age, drawing freely from the worlds of Dada, Surrealism, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, Outsider Art and Steam Punk to create his own diverse aesthetic. From naïve paintings of remote architecture, places of worship and hospitals, to moving portraits of troubled individuals, plant life and shell fish, Fowler presents us with a plethora of assorted drawings, paintings, prints, posters, intricate handmade bookworks, leaflets, flyers, badges, sculptures, found objects and ephemera which reflect his various obsessions for graphics, poetry, old records, photographs, film.

Alex Czinczel
Alex is a German book artist, artist, lecturer, animator and knitter. She is currently associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins and visiting lecturer at Kingston University. Her artist's books are in collections at the UCL / Slade library (Small Press Collection), the University of Winchester, UWE, and the Gutenberg Collection in Mainz, Germany.
Feedback on last year’s course:
“Excellent course, clear instruction and time to generate ideas”
“I loved all of it”
“Excellent, laid back and fun with lots of good ideas”
If you have any questions on this workshop please email Stephen Fowler:


Limited to 12 participants