Here is my first try at block printing. As you can see from above, I need to go back and re-carve some areas.
Materials: Speedball's rubber block, carving tools, soft brayer, pencil, image, ink
Image Transfer: Traced the image with a #2 pencil then rubbed it on the rubber block. It creates a light transfer. Then I traced the image with a sharpie, which I read about somewhere on the internet. Bad idea! The black ink transferred onto my final image (you can see it in the 1st pic).
I first carved around the image with a #1. Used the #5 for the bulk of the carving. Followed by #2 for some detailing around the image.
I didn't have any block printing ink. I tried 2 different inks I had on hand:
- Speedball screenprinting ink: Didn't get good coverage. Looked like i under inked.
- Oil paint with block printing medium: Not a smooth enough transfer for me.
Both were on the thin side for paper. Next time I make it out to the store I'll pick up some block printing ink. Is their anything else I can use?