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Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit

by Speedball
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • 4x5 inch lino block
  • Lino handle
  • no1 cutter, no2 cutter, no5 cutter
  • 37cc black water soluble ink
  • 4in soft rubber pop-in brayer
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Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit + Super Soft Lino Block 150x100m Pack of 10 + Inking Tray (Size 250mm x 200mm)
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight508 g
Product Dimensions14 x 6 x 2.9 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:8 years and up
Item model number3471
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 101,367 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight522 g
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Date First Available7 May 2010

Product Description

Includes all the Speedball essentials to get you started in block printing. Perfect for beginners, students or printmakers. Fun and easy to use.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter kit 18 Feb 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Nice little kit. As the other reviewers said, the styrofoam inking tray lets it down a bit, but you get a very posh piece of wood-backed, artist grade lino, a lovely quality roller, a sturdy cutter and a decent-sized tube of ink. I would suggest also buying a couple of pieces of cheap lino to go with it, if this is your first try at linocutting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super value. 24 Jun 2013
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This is a must for any would be printer. Easy to use, easy to clean and a must for your art kit.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  24 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Without Problems, but still good (3.5 stars) 15 Feb 2012
By TK - Published on Amazon.com
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Over all this is a pretty good "starter kit" but I'd like to warn you of a few problems (or issues) I came across:

* 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.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good deal. 24 Oct 2010
By J. Strickland - Published on Amazon.com
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The kit costs not much more than a brayer alone, and that brayer comes with a linoleum block, a carving tool, and ink. That is a pretty good deal. The tray is made of Styrofoam, but it works in a pinch and I have used it a couple of times with no problems. This is a starter kit, not an advanced kit and as such it is a great deal. I may actually get another one.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good little starter kit. 23 May 2011
By Goober22 - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this kit in order to do a project for my humanities class. The kit covers all the basic needs for anyone just getting into linocut and/or relief printing. You will need to purchase some decent quality printing paper since the kit does not include any. This kit has opened up a whole new hobby for me. See my upload pictures to see my first completed project using this kit.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter kit 17 Aug 2010
By Rommelioh - Published on Amazon.com
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Good for a starter kit, the only thing is the foam tray, got damaged by the linoblock, should think of a harder material.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars speedball set great deal 18 Jan 2012
By mom of three - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great price for this starter kit. It's a must buy if you want to start block printing. the only thing you need to replace is the styro-foam ink tray.
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