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An Even Brighter Future

While our past is impressive, what’s even more impressive is how Speedball® block printing and other products are supporting the ongoing success of the artistic community. For example, in addition to our comprehensive customer service, Speedball® also offers retailers a complete selection of plan-o-grams and displays to help artists better appreciate their options.




Also, Speedball® is continuously listening and innovating to push the boundaries of what’s possible. From stores, classrooms and studios to the artists themselves, Speedball is here to help.


Methods to Block Printing:

  • Speedy-Carve Block Printing: The Speedy-Carve Block Printing Method uses and easy to carve flexible pink Speedy-Carve block that is made of a special material that makes it faster, safer and easier to carve than traditional linoleum, but at the same time allows for fine-line printing.
  • Speedy-Cut Block Printing: A special material makes these soft-cut blocks faster, safer and easier to carve than traditional linoleum.
  • Linoleum Block Printing: The Lino Block Printing Method is a traditional technique of creating expression with drawing and textural surface design. There is the opportunity for multiple copies of art prints.
  • Polyprint Printing Technique: Polyprint offers you an economical, easy-to-use printmaking materials surface for use with pre-school and elementary grade children. Polyprint are individual sheets of polystyrene foam with pressure sensitive adhesive backing.
  • Flexible Printing Plate Technique: This 1/16” thick, flexible vinyl printmaking mat is easy to cut and mount on a supporting base.

A Tradition of Excellence: For more than 100 years, high quality art products from Speedball have created Unlimited Possibilities for Artists in both classrooms and professional studios around the world. Speedball is committed to artistic innovation and expression.

Printmaking Is A Time-Tested Craft That Is Ideal For Contemporary Art Expression: Today with the advent of new techniques and materials, Printmaking has gained renewed interest and unprecedented support. Printmaking begins with Speedball - America’s leading manufacturer of printmaking materials - unequaled for quality, safety and ease-of-use.

Economical and Time-Flexible: The Beauty of Printmaking is in its flexibility and economy. Projects can range from simple printmaking exercises lasting only for a short session to more complex projects that can be expanded to include advance detailed techniques. Printmaking is more popular than ever and Speedball Art Products is the artist’s choice!

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    Fabric Block Printing Ink

    Speedball's Fabric Block Printing Inks print on a range of fabrics with bold, opaque color. They dry to the touch overnight, and remain permanent through the wash--with NO HEAT SET REQUIRED!
    Speedball’s Fabric Block Printing Inks:
    • Excellent on cotton, polyester blends, linen, rayon, other synthetic fibers
    • Are ready for the wash 4-7 days after ink is dry and will remain permanent through the wash. Ink won’t crack or peel over time!
    • Clean up easily with soap and water
    • Available in 14 colors and a transparent extender base! Also available in a six color set or Fabric Block Printing Kit!


    Check out our Fabric Block Printing Ink Videos by clicking the images below.
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    Printing Presses

    Speedball offers two printing presses. The Printmaster® Press is portable and sturdy; producing excellent even prints from woodcuts, linoleum, flexible and soft printmaking materials. The press has adjustable rollers. The top roller is spring-loaded and self-lifting for easy printing.

    The portable all-steel Model B Press weighs only 6 lbs., it provides uniform pressure for excellent reproduction of prints up to 6”x8”.

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    Because everyone likes to have the tools and materials needed for a project, Speedball offers a variety of comprehensive kits, conveniently packaging a selection of quality Speedball products together. These kits include: the Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit, Speedball Deluxe Block Printing Kit, the Block Printing Toolkit, Speedy-Carve™ Kit and the Speedball Pop-In™ Brayer Kit.

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    Bench Hook / Ink Plate

    The Speedball Bench Hook/Ink Plate is perfectly designed for its dual role. This unbreakable, all-metal plate features a lip designed to fit over a desk or table edge. Plus, the product offers an easy clean-up, smooth, powder-coated surface.

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    Take your choice of the Speedball Baren on the Speedball Red Baron™ Baren. The premium Speedball Baren offers shock absorbent, smooth slide and washability for long wear. Ideal for hand printing, it allows one to put an even pressure on the print page for a better ink image.

    The Red Baron™ Baren is ideal for block printing, scrapbooking, card crafting and other crafts requiring burnished or even pressure distribution over a small surface. It evenly transfers images onto paper and offers durable, impact-proof construction, complete with a hardwood handle for a comfortable grip.

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    Speedball’s most popular brayers are great for printmaking, paper crafting, memory albums, stamping and home décor. The most popular Deluxe Soft Rubber Brayer is made from pure natural gum rubber with a ground finish. This brayer is available in a wide selection of sizes from 1.5” to 6” width. Our deluxe Hard Rubber Brayer is available in 4” wide with a heavy-duty steel frame.

    Our innovative and exciting Pop-In™ Roller Brayer selection is the crafters choice. Choose between 4” wide Pop-In™ Rollers available in soft rubber, hard rubber, foam and clear acrylic.

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    Lino Cutter Handles, Cutters and Linozips

    Speedball® offers a selection of colorful Lino Cutter Handles - Red, Blue, Yellow and Green. These handles feature a hand-adjustable metal chuck for easy installation and change of cutters and linozips. Also, Speedball handles all have a twist off cap for cutter storage inside the handle.

    For the accomplished carver, Speedball offers a complete selection of linoleum cutters. Our cutters have sharp, long-lasting cutting edges and are ideal for both hard and soft substrates.

    Lino Cutters come in 6 sizes:

    • No. 1 - Small V
    • No. 2 - Large V
    • No. 3 - Small U Gouge
    • No. 4 - Square Gouge
    • No. 5 - Large U Gouge
    • No. 6 - Knife


    Work safely with Speedball Linozips Safety Cutter Sets. These safety cutters are among Speedball’s best kept secrets. Great for teaching beginners to carve with their safe “pull type” design, these cutters reduce the risk of accidents.

    Lino Zips come in 4 sizes: 

    • No. 21 - Small V
    • No. 22 - Large V
    • No. 23 - Small U Gouge
    • No. 35 - Large Gouge
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    Choose between the eraser like texture of Speedball Speedy-Carve™ the high density rubber of Speedball Speedy-Cut™, our “Smokey Tan” Linoleum Blocks and Red Baron™ “Gray” Linoleum Blocks are available in both mounted and un-mounted. Sizes range from 2”x3” to 12”x12”. Also Choose between Flexible Printing Plate and Polyprint Plate. Each offers their own benefits and all are true to Speedball reputation of quality.

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    Ink Retarder, Extender and Transparent Extended Base

    Formulated by Speedball® to perform their roles perfectly, each opens exciting options - the retarder slows ink-drying time, while maintaining viscosity, the extender maintains viscosity, makes ink less opaque and creates transparent color. All are AP Non-Toxic

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    Pearlescent Base

    To create new artistic possibilities, Speedball® has introduced a pearlescent base that creates a shimmering effect. The pearlescent base works best at an 80%/20% ink ratio. This medium is gluten-free, AP Non-Toxic and cleans up with water.

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    Block Printing Inks

    Give your creations all the brilliance they deserve with inks from Speedball. Speedball’s Water Soluble Block Printing Inks come in 18 brilliant colors available in 37cc, 75cc, 150cc tubes plus 8oz. and 16oz jars. These inks are easy to clean up with water, non-toxic, gluten free and super for printmaking with linoleum, wood, Flexible Printing Plate, Speedy-Carve™, Speedy-Cut™ and Polyprint. All Speedball inks are AP Non-Toxic and are excellent for use in the studio, school or home.

    Speedball carries Oil-Based Block Printing Inks available in 10 brilliant colors in 37cc tubes or 7 colors available in 75cc tubes. Suitable for printing on papers and fabrics, they are non-darkening, waterproof and permanent.

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    Printmasters™ Relief Inks

    The Speedball Printmaster Series is designed for the accomplished block printer and artists who want to work with process color inks. These highly pigmented, true process colors assure archival quality and professional results, while allowing you to achieve the ultimate color spectrum. With viscosity similar to that of oil-based inks, these relief inks are AP non-toxic, easy to clean up with water and compatible with all Speedball Water-Based Block Printing Inks. In addition, Printmasters™ inks can be used in combination with Speedball extender base to create vibrant transparent layers - producing extended color ranges.

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