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    Default Block type inking...

    I am looking for a way to aviod having to buy pre-made carving blocks. I just tried a piece using condensed fun foam and found the foam to soak up to much ink. I am now thinking of buying linolium floor tile and gluing it to wood and just doing my carvings from that. Also, I have been using a water base block type ink that gets way to gummy, I am thinking of switching to oils.

    Any suggestions for blocks, inks or quik fixes for getting a good solid impression on the paper using cheap methods.

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    i usually get lino blocks from dick blick. probably a lot cheaper and easier than cutting boards and gluing linolium on by hand.

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    If your using hand rollers to print, rather then a printing press, I don't even bother gluing the lino to a block of wood. I just use the lino as is. I find it easier to to get a better imageand to peel away from the paper once I've got the image down too.

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    get cheap plywood or osb (i use 3/4") and a roll of battleship linoleum. Itll be cheap as fuck, just do it all yourself. if you have a book press, youre made in the shade, otherwise, get some c-clamps and more plywood and clamp that shit down tight, sandwitch style

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemotron
    get cheap plywood or osb (i use 3/4") and a roll of battleship linoleum. Itll be cheap as fuck, just do it all yourself. if you have a book press, youre made in the shade, otherwise, get some c-clamps and more plywood and clamp that shit down tight, sandwitch style
    Ya, I haven't even though about the clamps yet. I am going to try the linoleum and swich to oil based inks and see how that combo works.

    I found an old POCO Proof Press in Arkansas that I am trying to figure out a way to get. It weighs 700 pounds, I don't own a vehicle that could support that kinda weight.

    Awsome press though, prints up to 18 x 24:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemotron
    get cheap plywood or osb (i use 3/4") and a roll of battleship linoleum. Itll be cheap as fuck, just do it all yourself. if you have a book press, youre made in the shade, otherwise, get some c-clamps and more plywood and clamp that shit down tight, sandwitch style
    I just ordered some 18" x 18" linoleum sheets from Dick Blick and will be using a similar method of sandwiching the print between two sheets of plywood. I've decided to try an alternative press...namely my car.

    50/50 chance it will either work great or fuck up horribly.

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    balsa wood sanded works very well for woodcuts...it's cheaper than buying lino, but you can use the same tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUNT
    Awsome press though, prints up to 18 x 24:
    damn, I wish I could have this !

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUNT
    Awsome press though, prints up to 18 x 24:
    DAMN. I've been looking for a decent used etch press for years.. how much you get that for?

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