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Old 02-08-2018, 08:34 AM
mandavela mandavela is offline
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Lino Key Block Transfer Help Needed

Hi there....
I am trying a multi bock lino print for the first time. Googling shows that the key block should be cut first. This then is inked and printed onto acetate...so far so good. Next step is to print this onto the colour blocks using a jig to ensure good registration. My problem is that the ink is not drying on the softcut lino(have not tried grey lino yet). I am using Caligo Safe Wash with Cobalt drier and the plate under radiator..still no joy.
Any suggestions?
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:39 AM
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Re: Lino Key Block Transfer Help Needed

Try a different ink. I have some stuff done with the Caligo that is over a year old and it still is not fully dry.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:32 PM
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Re: Lino Key Block Transfer Help Needed

you might be better using an ink that isn't oil for transfer of key block onto your other blocks. I have used speedball water based ink with a little drying retarder for this part to get onto the acetate then onto the block while the ink is still wet. Allow a little time to dry, the image stays on the surface during carving. Then when carving is complete you can remove the ink by scrubbing using a damp sponge and blotting with a soft cloth. Then apply the Caligo ink with brayer for printing stage. Good luck.
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:43 AM
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Re: Lino Key Block Transfer Help Needed

Thank you, Yes! Water based ink does the trick.
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