The Carving Consortium

What is Eraser Carving?

by David Murphy

What is eraser carving? Eraser carving is using a blade to create a rubber stamp out of an ordinary pencil eraser.

Erasers take ink very well, so to make your own rubber stamp you take a knife and remove all the parts of the eraser you don't want to print.

People usually start with very simple designs: a cross or heart.

We call it carving because the essence of what we do is carve away the parts we don't need to reveal the design we want to print.

Once you have the basic rule "remove the parts you don't want to print", the experience of eraser carving can take on thousands of variations, if you want to explore them.

The size, shape, texture and type of material can change. Some people use pencil-top erasers, others use postcard-size special carving material.

You can use a craft knife, surgical blade, lino cutting blade or even a pen cap to carve. You can go for extreme detail or simplicity, or anywhere in between.

The results are quick and very satisfying: handmade art you can use again and again!

Interested? Questions on all aspects of eraser carving are asked and answered on the (CarvingConsortium Listserv). This is a group of people who send messages on carving to a special e-mail address. All messages sent to this address are resent by the Onelist to all the members of the group.

New members of all skill levels are welcome. If you want to meet with other people interested in carving, ask a question about any aspect of carving or maybe get involved in a project to do with carving, then this group of people is for you. You can involve yourself as much or as little as you like.


Your comments are always welcome: