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Q: I’m having a problem with the Water Based ink drying too fast and/or not rolling out onto my lino block. Would temperature affect this?
A: The very low humidities indoors, on very cold days, may cause this difficulty. Try using a couple of humidifiers in the print vicinity adding our Ink Retarder (#3448 37cc tube) to slow the drying time of the ink.


Q: Do the water soluble Block Printing ink contain any latex or emulsions? I have a child who is allergic to latex?
A: No, the ink does not contain any latex or emulsions. The vehicle consists of a vegetable derivative and water soluble gums.


Q: My oil block printing ink became very gummy on the plate and is pulling off in weird patches. What caused this and what can I do to prevent it from happening again?
A: This is a result of the ink drying too fast. We suggest mixing the ink with #3448 Retarder to avoid fast drying.


Q: My ink is uneven on prints.
A: Possible scenarios:
1. Too much ink applied to block.
2. Uneven distribution of ink on block.
3. Uneven pressure while transferring the image onto paper.


Q: The cuts  on block are not clean, or are difficult to make.
A: Possible scenarios:
1. Cutters may need to be replaces. They will dull with constant use.
2. Did not apply enough pressure when carving


Q: My ink is drying too quickly, how do I slow the drying process?
A:
Solutions:
1. Use Speedball Block Printing Ink Retarder.
2. Use humidifier in room where printmaking.


Q: How do I clean my brayer after using oil based block printing ink?
A: You can use mineral spirits to clean the brayer by wiping the brayer roller off with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. DO NOT IMMERSE THE BRAYER-this will damage the plastic core and ruin the brayer.


Q: What is the best way to clean water-soluble ink from the Hard Rubber brayer?
A: Ivory soap and water clean up. Refrain from using products like Dawn dishwashing detergent, it will dry out the rubber. This is for Water Soluble block printing ink only!


Q: What is the difference between Retarder and Extender?
A:
Both items reduce the opacities of the inks. The Retarder increases your “open” or work time by slowing the drying time. The Extender speeds up the drying time but increases the flow of the ink.


Q: I’m having a problem with the Water Based ink drying too fast and/or not rolling out onto my lino block. Would temperature affect this?
A: The very low humilities indoors, on very cold days, may cause this difficulty. Try using a couple of humidifiers in the print vicinity adding our Ink Retarder (#3448 37cc tube) to slow the drying time of the ink.

 



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