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Twinkling H20's - "Direct To Rubber" Technique

Instructions courtesy of

Direct To Rubber (or DTR) is the technique of applying color on the surface of a rubber stamp with a paintbrush, a sponge tip applicator or whatever tool suits the application.

Twinkling H20's Paints
Fine mist spray bottle
Paintbrush or sponge tip applicator
Rubber stamp: The best type of stamp for this technique is a solid stamp versus an open “lined” stamp.

Direct to Rubber technique
Step 1

Direct to Rubber technique
Step 2

Direct to Rubber technique
Step 3

Step 1
Begin waking up colors by misting the jars with a fine mist spray bottle. Allow the water to soak in by letting it set for a few minutes. Mist the jars a second time, wait a couple more minutes. The paint should begin to soften and easily mix into a creamy texture with your paintbrush. (Consistency of a pigment in a re-inker bottle)

Step 2
Start with a dry stamp and dry paintbrush. Dip your brush into the pot and roll the excess paint off the brush. Paint the color across the stamp. Too much paint can fill in the design and create a blob of color when stamped.

Step 3
Each time the color is rinsed off the brush squeeze the excess water out keeping the brush dry and the paint consistency creamy on the stamp.

Direct to Rubber technique
Step 4

Direct to Rubber technique
Step 5

Direct to Rubber technique
Step 6

Step 4
Paint second color. Applying at least three colors adds interest to your piece.

Step 5
Apply your 3rd color. Once the image is colored, it can now be stamped.

Step 6
Many times the first couple of colors applied will have dried. However, this is a good thing, so don’t worry because this is where your fine mist bottle comes in handy. With the stamp image facing up, lightly mist from between 6 to 8 inches away, allowing the mist of water to gently rain on the rubber.

Direct to Rubber technique
Step 7

Direct to Rubber technique
Step 8

Direct to Rubber technique
Step 9

Step 7
Now turn the stamp over and stamp.

Step 8
The depths of the grooves of the rubber determine the amount of impressions achieved. This botanical stamp will give 12-18 impressions.

Step 9
Mist again and stamp. Repeat process for multiple stampings till no additional color comes off.