Exercise your right brain

by Ben Garcia, Production Assistant

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The arts are good for you. Literally. Study after study show the positive impacts on your health when making art - from reducing stress and anxiety, increasing positive emotions, and reducing the likelihood of depression, just to name a few. 

That being said, I want to show you how to make your very own custom stamps.

 Materials:

- Erasers

- Lino/Stamp cutting tool/Xacto knife

- Cutting mat

- India ink/ink pad

Steps:

1. Draw or transfer (with tracing paper) your design onto the eraser. 

2. If you’re using a lino cutting tool, use the small ‘v’ shaped blade in the cutting tool to cut around the outline of your design and the flatter blade to cut away the larger areas. The goal is to cut away any negative space. 

3. When you’re happy with your design, ink up your custom stamp and print away.

So go ahead, be creative, and exercise your right brain. You’ll be a healthier and happier human for doing so.


Ben Garcia is an emerging photographer from Edmonton, AB. He recently completed a Photographic Technology diploma from NAIT. His interest lies in storytelling through provocative and intimate imagery. This year his work was selected for Alexis Marie Chute’s Infocus Photo Exhibit. Moreover, he was featured in Photolife magazine’s 25 emerging photographers to watch in 2016. To view more of his work, please visit bencgarcia.com