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After years of trying to find a block printing surface that would be easier for artists of all ages to carve on, we have discovered an innovative new material!
Working with traditional lino tools, Easy-To-Cut cuts beautifully, leaving smooth, clean edges. Blick Blue Easy-To-Cut works well on curves and tight corners. Its shelf life can be up to ten times longer than that of traditional linoleum.
This convenient Class Pack contains everything a class of 24 students needs for printmaking.
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Good but not my favorite
Comments about Blick Blue Easy-To-Cut:
This has the advantage of being thin and floppy so it's easy to cut shapes out of it. If you prefer a thin print block this is a good choice. You can cut both sides. I found both Speedball Speedy carve and Moo Carve blocks a better choice for very small print blocks however.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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All it should be...
By loving block printing
from Southeastern U.S.
I ordered two 12x18 pieces of the "Blick Blue Easy-to-Cut." I'm cutting off pieces with a utility knife to the size I need which is easy to do. Then when I carve I love the smoothness of my cuts and have gotten none of the raggedy pieces that form with the eraser-type "easy to carve" pieces. The lines I cut are quite clean and I think with practice I will become better at cutting straight lines with this material. I've made 10 prints with my current carving & it's held up perfectly through 3 or four rinses. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Incorrect Sizing, not exact size
from Raleigh NC
I ordered this product for reduction printing. We discovered, after cutting that they had been incorrectly cut by the manufacturer. One side was an eighth of an inch longer, which caused a problem for registering prints. Also, some blocks had a rolled edge which must have been from the edges the sheet. I was pleased with the ease of cutting.
Great block print material
from Portland, OR
Have been using this for two years. It cuts much easier than traditional linoleum but doesn't crumble or tear like some of the softer materials. The very soft materials are difficult for me to get a clean line with, but Easy-to-Cut blue holds a sharp line and prints clearly. You can submerge it in water to clean if you use water soluble inks, which is a big bonus. I hope they never stop making it! Be careful what you order, though, as there is also an Easy Cut, so be sure to get the blue Easy-to-Cut blocks.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Best for teaching kids lino block
By Printer Chris
from Manassas, VA
It's soft enough to cut easily, but holds up to use in a printing press for intaglio printing. I don't need nearly as many bandaids as I did when I taught lino block printing with the gray linoleum. Buying the roll gives me the advantage of cutting different sizes depending on the level of the student, and it allows the image to dictate the plate size, not the other way around. My only complaint is that it's difficult to cut off the roll without going wonky, which wastes material. That's correctable, though, and the product is worth the trouble. I teach high school 9-12.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Great for detailed printmaking
from Milwaukee, WI
I've made dozens of prints with this material. I find that it is about as easy to carve as traditional linoleum, maybe slightly easier. It's just a different experience. I actually prefer carving traditional linoleum, but find that when it comes to printing, this easy-to-cut material is superior. One benefit of this material is that metallic inks end up printing much smoother and shinier than with traditional linoleum.Another benefit of this material over traditional linoleum is that I never get those blotchy circles that sometimes show up on my linoleum when I'm printing. I can't for the life of me figure out why that happens with traditional linoleum, but I don't have to worry about it with this and that saves paper and frustration. Benefit #3, unlike traditional unmounted linoleum this will always lie flat when printing. Traditional unmounted linoleum curls up, making it hard to ink up and print clearly. One negative is that when carving I find that the shavings usually have to be pulled off by hand, as they sort of hang on. Another negative is that sometimes sheets are irregular and turn up at the ends making it hard to get a nice smooth print.
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Light color of the block has benefits
from Great Lakes
Although I commented on this product once before, I found an additional benefit to Blick's Blue Easy-to-cut in comparison with Richeson's Easy to cut lino. The difference between them is the color - and this lighter color from Blick is vastly superior when you're trying to draw with pencil or ink on the block before carving. The darker gray from Richeson is a bear to deal with because pencil, tracing graphite, and black sharpie markers are hard to see against the very dark gray material of Richeson. Blick's block is a far lighter gray (blue-gray) and so it is VERY easy to see graphite tracings, pencil marks, or sharpie ink on the surface. I felt like I could never work under a bright enough light when transferring my art to the Richeson branded product because of the darkness of the block - but the blocks branded for Blick are perfect. My other review talks about what a great carving material it is - the more I use it - the more I love it. (And I carve on both sides. It's very economical.)
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Great for professional quality carving
From what I understand, this is the same product as Richeson's Easy to Cut Lino. It holds a fine line like nothing I'd ever carved before. I was working with the rubbery-type of carving blocks before this, and still like those, but when I want to make a detailed carving with a lot of fine lines, this is the block to choose. It takes getting used to how hard it is to carve, if you've only ever carved the rubbery type blocks before. This is not EASY, but it is very rewarding to see results if you take care and time. Using Akua Intaglio ink and good absorbent (non-sized) papers, this creates the most stunningly detailed prints of any I've carved yet. Supposedly, this material will outlast traditional lino by 10-times, which I'm happy to hear! The only complaint I have is that they seem to promote it to schools, and I feel that it would be best for high school, college, and adult carvers, but certainly it would lead to a dangerous situation with younger kids. For younger kids, go with a very rubbery material or foam plates, but not this. For adult carvers it gets 5-stars though.
Great material for a great value
By Dawna the Art Barn Teacher
from Murfreesboro TN
I am very impressed with this material. I teach lino cut block printing and do prints my self. What is great about the Blick Blue Easy to Cut is that it holds a firm edge but is very soft to cut, making getting more detailed work, easier.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
High School Intro to Printmaking
from New Castle, DE
This product was used for an introduction to printmaking-linocuts for high school students. My students found the Bowl #8, U-shaped #10 cutters very difficult to cut with. The handles are also too small for the hands of male high school students. The handles also do not work with speedball cutters, which was disappointing because we have no budget for our art classes and could not return the extra speedball cutters.
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