Printmaking Tools

On this page you'll find some of my favorite tools that I use in my studio. 

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Speedball Deluxe Block Printing Kit

I recommend this kit to everyone starting out! This was my first kit, and I believe it's one of the best because it includes everything you need without sacrificing quality. 


Speedball Deluxe Soft Rubber Brayer, 4-Inch

The 4-inch brayer from Speedball is one I use the most, which is why I have several of them! 


Speedball Deluxe Hard Rubber Brayer, 4-Inch

I do have a couple of hard brayers as well for prints where I may have more details. 



PFEIL "Swiss Made" Palm Set C, 6 Pieces

After I fell in love with printmaking, I wanted to invest in some better tools. These tools are popular for a reason! If you can learn to hone your tools while you work (it's fast and easy when you get the hang of it!), these will last forever. 


Flexcut Slipstrop

This is the best way to hone your tools before, after, and during your carving sessions! If you keep them honed, you won't have to worry about sharpening with a stone for quite a while. 


Speedball Speedy-Carve Block Printing Carving Block

I've tried many different carving substrates, and the Speedy Carve still stands out above the rest as being easy and smooth to carve, it won't crumble, and takes details well. I like to buy it in the big sheets and just take what I need for each project so I can minimize waste. I save all the little bits too for later, because you never know when you'll need a tiny stamp!


Speedball Red Baron Unmounted Linoleum Block, 9-Inch x 12-Inch Battleship Grey

If you're looking to do more detailed pieces, classic battleship grey linoleum is the way to go!

Speedball Block Printing Baren

If you're printing with the battleship grey linoleum, or even a larger rubber stamp, you'll need one of these! There are alternative solutions out there such as wooden spoons, so explore to find the option that works best for you. 


Cranfield Caligo Safe Wash Relief Ink

I use these inks for most of my work. It's oil based so it works up nicely, gives beautiful coverage and color, has a long open/working time, but it can be cleaned up with water! I would advise getting the tube and not the tin, as the tin can form a skin and cause wasted ink. 

 Caligo Safe Wash Relief Ink - Black, 150 ml - -

Speedball Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink

Some printmakers love to hate on Speedball ink because it tends to give spotty coverage, especially with large black areas. However, I still find it useful in my printmaking process when I need to proof prints or test some things out. It allows me to affordably try out a variety of colors and techniques and have it dry fast. While my finished prints aren't usually water-soluble inks, these can be fun depending on the look you're going for!



Ranger Archival Ink Pad

I often get asked what ink pads I use because they are so pigmented! I love the Ranger Archival inks because they come in so many colors, they're permanent, and they're waterproof. That means I can stamp and then use watercolor over the top of it and it won't bleed. They have mini pads too! 

Tsukineko, VersaFine Clair, Full Size Ink Pad

The VersaFine Clair is another favorite ink pad. I actually like the coverage and consistency of this ink better than the Ranger inks, but the VersaFine Clair has fewer colors available. 


Awagami Editioning Papers Sample Pack

Awagami papers are my favorite for printmaking, especially if you're printing by hand instead of with a press. The paper choice is as important as the printed image, as it can enhance the final work. 



Strathmore Paper Pad 300 Series Lightweight Printmaking

For a more affordable option for finished pieces, I would recommend this paper pad when starting out. 


Hammermill Printer Paper

I'm adding this in here because it's a staple in my studio. I use it for proofing, sketching out ideas, rolling out extra ink - everything! I do buy the boxes of reams because it's more economical and then I can create until my heart is content without worrying about wasting "good" paper.