Since the last review was of a Dick Blick material, I decided to go ahead and try the other Dick Blick branded material for the next review, called Blick Blue Easy-To Cut (henceforth to be referred to as Blick Blue - as opposed to the "blue stuff" that Speedball makes). It's really inexpensive - Dick Blick sells this for $1.84 USD for a 4x6" sheet.
(Spoiler: having now used it, I love it. Not my #1, but definitely up there.)
|Blick Blue - quite thin|
Size and Weight:
This carving medium is slightly tricky to use as a stamp, coming in at only 3 mm thick. Yikes. As a result, it pretty much has to be mounted to use it as a stamp... Also, if you hold your block in your hand while you carve like I do, the thickness makes this almost impossible. As a result, I either had to put it down on a mat to carve (no, thank you) or temporarily mount it on another block (yes, please). I have done this before with a dark grey material I sometimes use (review to come!) so I was happy to use this medium that way.
Transfer via heat went really well - no problems, nice dark transfer, and nothing melted. Phew. The image I used was pretty complicated and due to poor decision making, I ended up with a bit of a muddy design. All in a day...
No crumbles or grit when I rubed the material, before or after carving.
Okay, so the hardest part of this material is the hardness. Heh.
To put it in context, it's harder to carve than OZ Kut, but with sharp tools, it is actually easier to cut. However, the hardness of the material did pull at my knife and wanted to pull it off course if I wasn't paying attention... The upside of this that I found was that the material doesn't move away from my tool (the new formulation of pink stuff has this problem).
|Blick Blue - carving while mounted...|
All in all, both the knife and gouges carved this really well and I was actually quite happy with the result :)
Definitely like this material. The only real downside is that because it's so hard, when I had a dull tool, I could really feel the strain in my hand and had problems with cramps. Obviously, I have no issue mounting my stamps, but if I needed just a carve and go material, I couldn't use this.