|Jack Richeson - Clear Carve stamp carving material|
I'd like to be clear (get it?): although this looks like it would be problematic, this stuff specifically advertises itself as "great for block prints, etching and stamp making". But it's clear - how the heck do you carve this stuff?
I ended up buying this at AboveGround Art Supplies in Toronto and the stuff was quite inexpensive. About $8 for a 6x8" sheet (Canadian dollars, obv.).
My first thought was that there was going to be no way for me to properly carve this stuff (spoiler alert: I was right). It feels like realllly thick plastic sheeting. In fact, I'm sure I've seen this stuff somewhere else in some other context put to some other purpose, but I can't figure out for the life of me where I've seen it...
I mean, well, it's clear. Completely see-through, no cloudiness or anything. It's fairly thin, just under 3 mm thick, and comes in a number of sizes. There's a Jack Richeson sticker (also clear) on the front.
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None. This is truly just a thick plastic, there is nothing to crumble.
Brutal. Because of the thickness of the material, the image shifts as your eyes move in relation to the material - think of how light bends across water. Really difficult to carve with a gouge, impossible with a knife.
Here it is carved in the animated image to the right, see how the image doubles and shifts depending on how you look at it?
In the end, the "stamp" looks only slightly like the image I was using, despite carving with best efforts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It's so plastic-y that the ink beads up. I didn't get a great impression with the Memento or the StazOn, so I tried the VersaFine as well. It was okay, I suppose, but check out that awesome reversed text! Oops.
Yeah, no. This might be good for a lino style print, or if it's not important to get an exact image. But essentially, for what I carve, this stuff doesn't have much purpose.
P.S. guys, I just keep accumulating carving materials. If you are looking for a review of one I haven't done before, leave a comment - if you think you know of a material that I don't have, let me know too.