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.Â The latex free rubber also stops the blockÂ 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 aboutÂ theÂ 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 areÂ or easily cut to the required sizeÂ with a craft knife.
Speedball recommend that the Speedy Carve is used with water soluble paints and block printing inks. We suggest usingÂ Speedball 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 cutÂ 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 ofÂ surfaces, including fabric.Â 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 areÂ formulated specifically for printing and applied to the block using a brayer roller.Â The brayer is used to cover theÂ block with a uniform coating of ink helping to ensure a clear transfer.Â 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 theÂ 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 temperatureÂ heat hardened in a domestic oven.
The 6mm deep block can also beÂ cut to make a mould for fine modelling materials such as Art Clay Silver clays. Use a little petroleum jelly in the mould and releaseÂ the item whileÂ gently flexing the block.