Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Speedball Speedy Carve Block for Printing & Texture

The Speedy Carve block is made from smooth and flexible rubber. It cuts easily with lino cutter blades and does not crumble, making it ideal for creating detailed prints. The latex free rubber also stops the block from slipping around while it is being cut.

The wavy lines on this Speedy Carve block were cut freehand using the Speedball No 37 Linozips Safety Cutter. The safety cutter blades are angled and cutting is achieved by pulling the blade towards the body, much like the action of peeling a potato.


More about the Speedy Carve block


The blocks are available in a choice of 3 sizes; 3" x 4", 4" x 6" and a large 6" x 12". They can be used as they are or easily cut to the required size with a craft knife.

Speedball recommend that the Speedy Carve is used with water soluble paints and block printing inks. We suggest using either Speedball Block Printing Inks or Daler Rowney Block Printing Inks. Alternatively, an acrylic based paint thickened with Daler Rowney System 3 Block Printing Medium will work equally well.

The rubber is so flexible that it can be used to print onto cylindrical objects such as plant pots, tin cans or cardboard tubes.

Uses for the cut Speedy Carve block


The print below was created using Jacquard Lumiere paints. These thick acrylic paints are water soluble and available in a large choice of shimmering colours for a variety of surfaces, including fabric. The paint has pooled slightly in the recesses of the cut block and thickening the paint would produce a finer print.


Block printing inks have are formulated specifically for printing and applied to the block using a brayer roller. The brayer is used to cover the block with a uniform coating of ink helping to ensure a clear transfer. If you prevent the paint or ink from drying on the block, it is easy to wash off with soap and warm water.

We used the same cut Speedy Carve block as a texture sheet or stamp for polymer clay. Polymer clay is a smooth modelling clay which can be low temperature heat hardened in a domestic oven.



The 6mm deep block can also be cut to make a mould for fine modelling materials such as Art Clay Silver clays. Use a little petroleum jelly in the mould and release the item while gently flexing the block.

Browse our selection of Block Printing inks & tools or visit the Model Making section to view the types of clay on available from George Weil

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