up after an art project is everyone's least favorite chore, but it must
be done. A lot of mess can be prevented if you have the following on
- Trash container
- Newspaper over surfaces
- Paper towel
- Baby wipes
after carving usually requires only a little sweeping or vacuuming.
You may need to clean excess toner from the side of your hand, and
this is easily done using soap and warm water. Occasionally a soft
nail brush is needed.
Stamping (with stamp pads)
lukewarm water and mild soap to clean ink from your stamp. Do
not rub the surface of the stamp and do not use hot water
-- excess rubbing and heat will cause the material to crumble (except
for rubber gasket, which is pretty indestructible!). Allow the stamp
to air dry.
warm water, mild soap, and a soft nail brush to clean ink from your
block printing ink can be rinsed from all surfaces using warm
water. No soap is necessary. I hold my glass plate under running water
and roll the brayer over it. The friction cleans both the brayer and
the glass plate. Warm water works even if you have allowed the ink to
dry. Use only lukewarm water on the stamp to remove ink. Allow the
stamp to air dry, and dry the glass and the brayer with paper towel.
block printing ink can be cleaned up with vegetable oil (this
eliminates the need for toxic and smelly solvents) and paper towel. Do
not allow the ink to dry on the brayer. If it dries on the glass, use
a razor blade to scrape the dried ink into the trash, then clean the
glass with vegetable oil. Dispose of all used paper towel in the