block printing transfer method
posted on May 11th, 2023 by Lee Cattarin
- I have since also used moo carve and been successful
- laserjet printed or xerox’d image, preferably something with high contrast
- acrylic gel medium - I use Golden Soft Gel Matte
- carving tool(s) such as speedball carving tool or flexcut carving tools
- I use a narrow V tool from flexcut and large/small U tools from speedball at current
- my favorite stamping ink at current is VersaFine
- (edit 18 Sep 2023) I have since used Speedball fabric block printink inks. Preferable for fabric.
- Cut printout and speedy-carve to desired overall shape
- Paint an even layer of gel medium on both printout (inked side) and speedy-carve
- Align the gel’d printout to the gel’d block, and press on using a brayer
- Let dry. Really. Let it dry. Leave it be.
- Dampen the back of the printout with a sponge or wet finger, then gently rub to remove paper
- Done correctly, this should leave your image (and a thin layer of gel medium) on the speedy-carve