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Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit – Includes Ink, Brayer, Lino Handle and Cutters, Speedy-Carve
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- GREAT BEGINNER KIT - Features all the essentials to get started in block printing
- CREATE FUN PRINTS – Use the block printing starter kit to create your own prints, greeting cards and many other paper crafts.
- PREMIUM CUTTERS & COMFORT GRIP HANDLE - Handle is made from hard plastic, with a comfort grip. The removable end is perfect for storing the lino cutters that are crafted from high quality steel and hand-ground.
- WHAT'S INCLUDED - Set contains 1.25oz (32ml) Black Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink; #49 Soft Rubber Pop-In Brayer; Lino Handle; #1, #2, and #5 Lino Cutters; 4" x 6" Speedy-Carve; and Block Printing Instruction Booklet
- NOTE - Kit will arrive with blades stored in the lino handle for your protection
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The Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit is perfect for the beginner printmaker and students. It can be used at home or in school. The kit has all the essentials to get you started in printmaking. Each kit includes: 1.25oz (37ml) Black Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink, #49 Soft Rubber Pop-In Brayer, Lino Handle, #1, #2, and #5 Lino Cutters and 4 x 6 inch Speedy-Carve block. The linoleum handle unscrews at the top so you can conveniently store the cutters in there and never have to worry about losing them! Use the block printing starter kit to create your own prints, greeting cards and many other paper crafts. This super value bundle will save you money by not having to purchase each of these products separately! We also recommend you purchase a bench hook to help you safely carve.
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Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit
The Perfect Starter Kit for Block Printing!
For Beginners & Students
The Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit is ideal for the beginner or student. This kit features all the essentials needed to get started in block printing.
Easy to Carve
With the beginner and student in mind, this kit features a Speedball Speedy-Carve Block. Speedy-Carve Blocks are a soft carving substrate that make it easy for beginners and students to learn the basics of block printing.
Have Fun & Be Creative!
This Kit has all the tools needed to make outstanding prints.
|Speedball Super Value Block Printing Kit||Speedball Speedy-Carve Kit||Speedball Deluxe Block Printing Kit||Speedball Block Printing Tool Kit|
|Speedball Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink||1.25 OZ (37 ML) Speedball Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink (Black)||No||2.5 OZ (75 ML) Speedball Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink (Black), 1.25 OZ (37 ML) Water-Soluble Block Printing Inks (Red, Yellow, Blue), 1.25 OZ (37 ML) Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink Extender||No|
|Lino Cutter Handle||Hard Plastic, Comfort Grip Lino Handle||Wooden Lino Handle||Hard Plastic, Comfort Grip Lino Handle||Hard Plastic, Comfort Grip Lino Handle|
|Lino Cutter Blades||#1, #2, & #5 Lino Cutters||#2 & #4 Lino Cutters||#1, #2, #3, #5 & #6 Lino Cutters||#1, #2, #3, #5 & #6 Lino Cutters|
|Speedball Speedy-Carve Block||4-Inch x 6-Inch||4-Inch x 6-Inch||4-Inch x 6-Inch||No|
|Speedball Mounted Linoleum||No||No||4-Inch x 5-Inch||No|
|Speedball 4-Inch Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Additional Accessories||No||No||Speedball Bench Hook / Inking Plate||Speedball Bench Hook / Inking Plate, Red Baron Baren|
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By SwissMiss777 on February 4, 2020
I have not used the brayer, and realized that I probably won't (I'm instead painting my linoleum cuts with acrylic paint). So, I can't speak to the quality of that.
If you do buy this kit in spite of my review, at least do yourself a favor and buy extra blocks at the same time -- it only comes with 1 (although it can be flipped over to use both sides).
If the "Speedball" name is supposed to imply the cutting tools are easily swapped out on the handle, it's a serious misnomer. For the first few hours of use it was a struggle every single time to screw/unscrew/pry/jiggle/shake/twist/swear profusely and try to find the sweet spot to get the blades in and out, until it finally froze up completely and the blade that was in there appears to be permanently stuck.
Despite all the drawbacks I'm not completely sorry I bought this kit, because I wasn't sure I would use an expensive set of tools enough to justify the investment. However, after struggling with this for a few days, but still enjoying the creative process, I've decided it makes sense to upgrade to an intermediate level set where at least every blade comes permanently attached to its own handle.
By JoShmo on April 14, 2017
* The linoleum block is HARD. Way too hard, especially for someone just starting out with linocuts. (I kept thinking that this was sad because it might scare people away from linocuts because they may think it wasn't worth the physical exertion of carving into this hard linoleum. Every cut my cutter was skipping, snagging and flying off the block. I was grunting like a crazy person lol) I'm not saying it's impossible to cut, but it is NOT smooth like other linoleums. You can hurt yourself struggling to make lines in it.
Do what I did: buy the BENCH HOOK along with this kit. It helped a whole lot. I bought the Speedball bench hook on here for about $9-10. Well worth the investment. It's "dual purpose" (meaning you can also use it as the ink tray)
* Came with a very cheapy styrofoam tray to roll the ink in. It's the type of styrofoam tray you might find packed meats on at the grocery store. I feel they could have added maybe a PLASTIC tray or a non-porous sheet of vinyl or some other material. You could buy a small sheet of plexiglass at some place like Lowe's which I did a few days before receiving this which would work perfectly for rolling the ink on. (I purchased it to do monoprints... but it's OK because the ink is WATER SOLUBLE... meaning you can wash it off, no problem.)
* The cutters sometimes comes lose. I tightened it very tightly but if you angle some of the cutters a certain way, they essentially come undone. (I didn't mark off for this; I'm just warning people.) I think the more you use the cutters, the more you'll understand it and how to hold it, how much pressure it can take, etc.
* The "directions" are pretty much worthless. Really, a waste of paper. They don't tell you how to change the cutters (not everyone will understand how... luckily I had nib pens that use almost the same method of switching nibs.) They don't tell you how to clean up or store the block. I suggest looking on youtube and doing a browser search.
You only get one block, so I would also order up some extra linoleum... because you will definitely be hooked once you see your prints! (I actually ordered unmounted linoleum from Dick Blick because they had much better deals that the ones I found on Amazon & m local Micheal's no longer sells printmaking supplies.)
So after drawing out my design of a lady's face and transferring the design to the block, I took about 3 hours of carving. It had some minute details that I thought I'd be able to get done neatly... but because the block was so hard, I did find my cutter snagging quite a bit. I'm surprised I didn't cut myself at all! Everyone's always saying how dangerous this can be, so I was almost expecting it.
I will say I am very happy with how my prints came out. I really thought my first linocut prints would come out pretty crappy but I really do think it came out beautifully.
Would I recommend this kit? Sure, just beware of what I mentioned above.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2017