Block printing supplies continued: Carving tools
Speedball Lino Cutters
Speedball Lino Cutters (*affiliate) are my favorite carving tools and the ones I reach for the most. The plastic handles have a bottom than unscrews to hold different blades. The blades have different shapes that’ll help you carve details depending on what you need.
Unscrew the top of the tool and pop in a different blade kind of like how you would to change an Xacto knife blade. The plastic handles are really comfortable too in my small hands.
All-purpose and great for any fine details. They won’t cut as smoothly as the lino cutters, but if you need precision, this is another good choice.
Miscellaneous block printing supplies
Transfer paper (*affiliate) is great for getting your designs onto the block to start carving. Slip it between the block and whatever you drew your design on, trace over it with a ballpoint pen and you’re ready to carve.
Optional, but awesome: Thin wood + wood glue
I alluded to this earlier, but I like to mount my blocks with a piece of wood. It helps keep bigger blocks from breaking, and it’ll make pressing the block down a little easier on your hands. Whatever 1/8″ craft plywood I find at a craft store works well.
Cut it to size with a small saw, and sand the edges if you like. Use a brush and some wood glue to glue a carved block to the wood. Dry overnight.
The last thing we need to talk about with block printing supplies are ink choices and tools.
Elizabeth Farr is the writer behind the Elizabeth Made This blog where she shares helpful sewing tips, step by step sewing tutorials and videos to help you explore your creativity through sewing. She has written sewing Eguides and patterns, been a featured teacher at Rebecca Page’s Sewing Summit and Jennifer Maker’s Holiday Maker Fest and her work has appeared in Seamwork and Altered Couture magazines. She also created a line of refashioned garments for SEWN Denver. When her sewing machine isn’t humming, she’s playing and teaching violin, and hanging around a good strategic board game with her husband and 4 kids.