Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Block Printing with Speedball Speedy-Carve Blocks

The Speedball Speedy-Carve Blocks (previously known as Speedy-Stamps) can be used for creating blocks for printing onto a variety of surfaces.  The blocks are faster, safer and easier to carve than traditional linoleum.

The rubber is so flexible it can be bent around curved objects for printing onto flower pots or jars, and dense enough to use for creating patterns on polymer clay or silver clay. The blocks will not crack, cumble or break.

Speedball Linozip Safety Cutter for cutting blocksThese latex-free rubber blocks are easily carved using the Speedball Linozip Safety Cutter which has a hollow handle for storing the variety of blade shapes that come with it.  The cutter is designed to be pulled towards the body allowing for greater control in carving and ideal for use by beginners.

The photograph shows two cut blocks and our Fact File page explains how a two colour print can be created from the Fleur-de-Lis block.  The right hand block was made by Alison Bate.  Her prints, below, were made using Jacquard Lumiere paint and include (from left to right) a silk scarf, a chiffon scarf, a canvas cotton purse and a handmade card using Lokta printable card blanks and coloured Mulberry paper.  Visit the Block Printing section of the George Weil website to view the products available in this range.

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