One of the tips that I learned from Heather at Whiteaker Printmakers in a private lesson with her is that I can get fantastic embossing on woodblock prints by using discarded press blankets from the local newspaper. I went down to The Daily Courier to see if they had any to spare. They looked at me like I had three eyes, but they did go into the corner and give me what I was looking for – an old rubber sheet from their press. It’s so sturdy that I’ll probably be able to use it for years before I need to replace it.
I had to cut it up to make it the right size for my press, but it was easy to cut with just an old pair of tailor’s shears. First I removed the metal strips that held it in place on the roller of the high-speed offset press they use. I saved the little end piece to use on my tiny press and trimmed down the larger piece for the big press.