10 years, 11 months ago
After years of building up linoleum blocks to type high with boards and paper, I’ve discovered that Graphic Chemical & Ink sells them already mounted at type high! Maybe everyone already knew about this but me?
Ren VasilievParticipant@renvasiliev10 years, 11 months ago
Didn’t know it! Thanks!
Katie NealonParticipant@katienealon10 years, 11 months ago
Thanks so much for this tip!! Had no idea and was getting super frustrated10 years, 10 months ago
Unless they’ve changed it, they’re not really type-high- I ordered some and they are the standard mounted grey stuff- about 3/4 inch high. Dick Blick also advertised type-high blocks, which were the same 3/4 inch, and I called and expressed my extreme disappointment with their advertising. So, if you’ve ordered them, measure! And, if they really are type-high, let me know so I can get some too 😉
If you’re working on wood art-boards.com sells plank and end-grain maple boards that are absolutely 100% type-high.10 years, 10 months ago
Argh. So annoying, but thanks for letting us know. I ordered a few blocks, but they haven’t arrived yet. And thanks for the note about art-boards.com!10 years, 10 months ago
It’s possible they’ve changed! here’s hoping 😉
Katie NealonParticipant@katienealon10 years, 10 months ago
crossing fingers! and toes
Danielle ChargoParticipant@daniellechargo10 years, 10 months ago
Dick Blick Art Supply sells both the mounted and unmounted variety.
Even with the mounted ones, you may have to do some make-ready to make them type high, but I do think it works a bit better than the unmounted variety.
Patti MontgomeryParticipant@pattimontgomery10 years, 10 months ago
I have used linoleum on both my vandercook 4 and chandler price 10 x 15 for years. I found the easiest thing for me is to use unmounted linoleum and secure it to a wooden base with rubber cement. I reuse the wooden base on all linocut projects and peel off the linoleum to store it. I start with the old gummed-up base, put a layer of rubber cement on the linoleum and let it air dry for a few minutes while I get the ink ready. This leads to a nice, positionable hold. Although it is not as scientific as it could be, the makeready has been consistent throughout the years. I use packing under the linocut and wood base to make the assembly
type high and try to leave the rest of my packing alone. I probably could do better with a nice metal base and some good note taking, but it has worked well for me.
Ren VasilievParticipant@renvasiliev10 years, 10 months ago
Just got my blocks from Graphic Chemical. They are exactly the same Speedball brand blocks as can be found anywhere, 7/8″ high, not type high. Crap.10 years, 10 months ago
Sorry about the bad info. I got my blocks too, and at least the maple plank block really is type high. However, they are getting them from http://www.art-boards.com and marking them up slightly.10 years, 10 months ago
ugh false advertising and reselling! it’s good to know the original source for some of this stuff, though 🙂
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