If you've read my book, Carve Stamp Play, you know that the only block I carve stamps out of is Speedy Carve. However, I came across a product in the Blick online store that I had to try: Blick Readycut.
It's a carving block that is made up of a thin grey layer on top of a white layer. The thin grey layer is intended so that you can see what you're carving as you're carving it.
This is the stamp I carved:
I bought the block because I liked the idea that you could see where you were carving. Two thoughts on that: (a) you can achieve the same thing by inking up your block, and (b) there wasn't enough of a difference between the grey and the white for me. The bigger issue is that the Readycut is very soft and rubbery -- almost stretchy. This made detail work a bit very frustrating for me. When I wanted to make a small cut, the block stretched instead of cutting. I found it difficult to make hard stops with the blade as well. I can see that I also got a number of ragged cuts because of the softness of the block. All in all, I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying it again.
Have you tried Readycut? What did you think?
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