Linoleum Carving- Ink & Lino Cutter
I recently starting carving small stamps out of eraser-like material (one made by Blick. I don't remember the name). I was wondering if anybody had any advice for what to use for ink for printing.
For example, the other day I wanted to stamp on top of a page painted with gouache. I tried ink pads, which didn't show up well (these are cheap, so maybe that's why), acrylic ink, which was too runny, acrylics, which seemed to just seep into the details of my carving and I finally settled on just using gouache, which wasn't much better than acrylic paint.
What can I use to stamp that will give me a crisp, clean print and show up on other mediums? Should I be using printmaking paint by Speedball or is it possible to use other paints like acrylics or gouache? I was just applying them with a foam brush.
Also, I was wondering if anyone had advice related to lino cutter blades. I feel like I don't have much luck with the Speedball small V gouge. I know it doesn't cut deep, but in general, I just seem to have issues with it.