There are two ways to ink an ex libris stamp, one suitable and the other much less precise. In this article, I will quickly explain which is the best method to obtain a perfect stamp.
Mistakes when stamping an ex-libris
Before I explain my favorite method for getting clean, complete and perfect stamps, it is important to understand what not to do. When I show my stamps at craft markets, among the people who stop at my booth, many of them make the theatrical gesture of stamping in the air, like a postage stamp. This gesture that you immediately think of when you see a stamp, is not the correct way to stamp it. Most of those who want to try the stamps start inking with this method, take only the handle of the ex-libris, press it very hard on the ink pad placed on the table and then stamp it directly on the paper, and the result is rarely the expected one. Although this iconic gesture may seem obvious, even intuitive, it rarely gives a good result. Unfortunately, with this method, the stamp engraving is often unevenly impregnated with ink, resulting in a slightly incomplete impression. A small piece of illustration or a letter or two may be missing at one end of the stamp.
How to get a perfect stamping of your ex-libris?
Other tips on how to stamp your ex-libris
By following this recommended method, you will obtain perfectly inked impressions, which will highlight every detail of your ex libris engraving. Take the time to perform careful inking to obtain quality results every time you use your stamp. And if necessary, practice inking and stamping once or twice on used paper before stamping your ex-libris on a book.
Now that you know how to ink an ex-libris, if you don't have one, maybe it's time to make your own personalized ex-libris.