You can successfully stamp with
many inks and paints, from regular stamp pads and block printing ink to
acrylic paint and even watercolor. Experiment!
Inking Your Stamp - Stamp
I use various inks and paints
for my stamping. The most convenient, of course, is the wide variety
of stamp pads, both dye and pigment based. These are also the easiest
to transport. Depending on whether I have mounted my stamp
(temporarily or permanently on a block), I either tamp the stamp on
the ink pad, or I tap the inkpad on the face-up stamp. Find what works
for you and your situation.
Inking Your Stamp - Block
I carve a lot of
old-fashioned, woodblock-style images, and for those I most often use
Speedball water-based Block Printing Ink, which comes in 13 colors,
including metallic gold and silver. Available at most craft and art
supply stores, this ink comes in many sizes. For colors I use most,
such as brown and black, I buy in the largest size available. I blend
my own colors if Speedball doesn't make what I need.
For this method, I use a soft
rubber brayer (photo below) to apply the ink to my face-up stamp. Click
here for detailed instructions on how to print using this method.
Note: Speedball water-based
Block Printing Ink is not waterproof. If you get it wet, it will smear
(I usually use detail embossing powder to help "set"
the ink). If you really need a permanent impression, Speedball makes
an oil-based ink, but drying time is lengthy, fumes are toxic, and
clean-up is a chore.