The good folks over at The Ink Pad sent me a new toy to play with.
It's called the 3-in-1 Baren Lino Cutting Kit.
The little baren (a baren is used for block printing, particularly on large images) comes apart into three pieces.
For my first project I decided to carve a small stamp from Speedy Carve.
The carving tool is somewhat smaller and lighter than I'm used to, but otherwise it worked exactly the same as my trusty Speedball one.
Next, I tested out the baren. I used a large commercial stamp for my test.
Finally, this kit came with two small linoleum disks, which stick to the bottom of the baren. I carved a face into one of them. You can see the blank disk just behind the tool.
I'm not going to lie, this was one of the most difficult and unpleasant carving experiences of my life. Linoleum is tough to cut in any situation. Making it a tiny slippery disk was a nightmare. I managed to gouge myself three times and it took an awful lot of hand strength to get this stamp done. That said, I love the way it turned out! But I think I'm going to stick to my nice soft Speedy Carve in the future.
All in all, I like this little tool. It's super transportable, which is great. I like that there's a dish for all the little blades -- it's easy to lose them. Definitely something I'm delighted to have in my stamp carving arsenal!
If you'd like to learn more about stamp carving, consider taking my online class "Stamp Carving 101."
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