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Printing with System 3 Block Printing Medium

Thursday, November 03, 2016

System 3 Block Printing Medium transforms acrylic paints into usable block printing inks. Simply mix the medium with your paints and roll onto your block! Here's how:

Mix your Block Printing Medium with acrylic paint in a ratio of 3:2. If you want to print in a specific colour, mix your acrylic colour first and then add your medium when you're happy with the shade. I did not do this, because I'm reckless.

When you've mixed your ink, roll out a thin, velvety layer. Your roller should make a zzz sound and not be squelchy. If it is, remove some ink and roll out again.

Roll your ink onto your block - we're using a sheet of lino that we carved earlier...

Place your paper on top if your block - we're using Kent printmaking paper. Use a baren to transfer the ink to your paper by rubbing it all over the back.

This block printing ink will layer up well for a multi-block or reduction print. It is translucent (unless you've added a lot of white - experiment with your colours for layering first) so will show some of the base colour through.

To print with block printing medium you will need:



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