Hi! Okay this is fun. Most of this info will pertain to relief printing but stuff like paper and looking for supplies are also covered.
I don’t want to talk down to anyone so sorry if you’re like, duhhh I already know that. Also, if anyone wants me to elaborate on stuff just let me know.
I’ve done some screen printing stuff so i can write about that if anyone’s interested, it would be about how to do screen printing at home or without too much equipment.
And if anyone’s interested in a relief printing basics guide/tutorial-thing for printing at home I’d be happy to write about that, just say the word.
For your matrix/block/whatever:
-For woodcuts I buy birch plywood at places like Home Depot, Lowe’s, or hardware stores similar to those. For a 24” x 40” piece of plywood it cost me $15. For smaller pieces you can actually buy planks of birch or poplar. They sell short pieces or you can also buy longer pieces and cut it down.
-For linoleum, I have purchases blocks from Dick Block but I wasn’t too happu with them. Theyre mounted on particle board and not always perfectly flat. I didnt have problems printing with the uneven block but it did annoy the shit out of me that I ordered something expecting it to be in good condition. Okay price but also kinda shitty. Its certainly cheaper in the end to make your own blocks but the upfront cost might be difficult.
-lino blocks can be made by purchasing rolls of linoleum and mounting cut pieces on mdf using carpet glues and a piece of cardboard to cover the surface of the mdf amd create an even layer of glue. I’m not yet sure where a good place to buy lino is since I’m still in school and buy it through them.
-AND DON’T BUY SPEEDBALL LINOLEUM. BUY GRAY LINOLEUM. Speedball linoleum is freakishly hard to carve.
-I use Niji woodcutting knives. They come in packs of like 12 different shaped tools for like $10-12 on Amazon.
-For lino cutting tools, I recommend the pink speedball linoleum cutter with the rounded end. It comes with 5 different knife shapes. ~$14 on Amazon. Amazon, is your friend.
-French Paper Company has great quality papers for a reasonable price. Love demmm.
-Sometimes Dick Blick has good deals on papers but you have to really look. I try to avoid them unless if I can but I bought 25” x 38” Thai kozo for $2 a sheet which is awesome. Most Japanese papers are at least $5 each.
Their rolls are reasonably priced and you’ll get a lot out of it but they can be expensive.
- I think Dick Blick is good for browsing and seeing what you like and figuring out what you want since everything is nicely categorized but I usually search for the same stuff on Amazon since it’s almost always cheaper.
-I use rubber-based inks right now through school so I’m not sure how much they are in the real world. I imagine they’re pretty expensive but they do last a long time.
-same goes for mineral spirits for cleaning up rubber inks…I can recommend brands but that’s as much as I can help with that for right now
- speedball water-based inks! AMAZON.
For brayers….speedball…Amazon, again. $9-15 for 4in/6in ones.
For hand printing (no press!) I bought a baren on Amazon for $15ish. Blick sells them too but they’re more expensive.
I probably forgot something… woops … Well there’s a start.