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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2015 04:54:52 AM »

do you roughen the surface of your lino? I did try sandpaper, but tbh it didn't make much difference.

No, I've never done any surface prep to my lino. Does that help?
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2015 06:53:56 AM »

I just read a tip recently about priming stamps with a pink Pearl eraser to give a bit of tooth for ink... I wonder if that would work too for lino?  Will have to try it.

I am not a big fan of the easy to carve pink or white stuff - I find that it is too soft and you can't get nice detail in it.  I have liked using the thinner gray or beige stuff because I can get nicer detail in it.  I took a workshop last year with another artist who does large detailed cuts with masonite, and using wood carving tools, and have been putting that on my to do list - especially as I suspect I would likely also be able to do image transfers more readily onto masonite for a more precise and detailed image.
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2015 07:08:47 AM »

I just read a tip recently about priming stamps with a pink Pearl eraser to give a bit of tooth for ink... I wonder if that would work too for lino?  Will have to try it.

I am not a big fan of the easy to carve pink or white stuff - I find that it is too soft and you can't get nice detail in it.  I have liked using the thinner gray or beige stuff because I can get nicer detail in it.  I took a workshop last year with another artist who does large detailed cuts with masonite, and using wood carving tools, and have been putting that on my to do list - especially as I suspect I would likely also be able to do image transfers more readily onto masonite for a more precise and detailed image.

I'll have to experiment with surface treatment too.

The pink lino carves like a dream in my opinion. I have been able to get detail to my satisfaction, but maybe you're looking for tighter detail? I like it. Mostly just because it's easy to control how much you carve out. You do have to exercise restraint though, because it is super easy to carve too much.
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2015 07:34:20 AM »

That's what I find, it is so soft that it is too easy to carve too much, and sometimes what is left behind doesn't always have a clean edge.  But on saying that, I wonder if we are talking about different things - I am talking about the thick pink or white easy carve stuff, not the 1/8" thinner stuff. 
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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2015 12:24:17 PM »

That's what I find, it is so soft that it is too easy to carve too much, and sometimes what is left behind doesn't always have a clean edge.  But on saying that, I wonder if we are talking about different things - I am talking about the thick pink or white easy carve stuff, not the 1/8" thinner stuff. 

The stuff I use is probably about 1/4"? Probably the thicker stuff you're talking about.
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