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Block Printing Ink has the perfect consistency for lino and wood block printing and transfers onto paper. Non-toxic, water-based and water wash up.

Matisse Derivan developed this unique product for art and craft courses to give user-friendly block ink. Derivan Block Printing Ink is non-toxic and easy to clean up while still giving the feel of a professional grade oil-based printing ink.

Derivan Block Ink is available in open mouth 250ml jars.

The consistency of the Derivan Block Ink will allow sharp, accurate prints.


Derivan Block Printing Ink has been formulated for lino and wood block printing on paper with classroom teaching in mind. Derivan Block Ink will remain open on the block for some time but once printed will dry quickly to facilitate stacking of prints after each class. If a longer open time is required, mix Derivan Drying Retarder to slow the drying time.

Colour Mixing:

All the colours may be intermixed to form bright secondary and tertiary colours. It is advisable to mix the colours with a spatula on a sheet of glass or other non-porous surface.

Clean Up:

Wash all utensils, brayers, blocks and hands with soap and water to clean up.

Removal of paints stains:

Wet Stains: Place stained area of garment under a tap of cold running water, holding balance of garment above the stain so that the colour does not spread. After removing surplus ink, place wet garment on a towel and rub ordinary household soap into the stain, working the heavily soaped wet cloth area between your fingers in a rolling action, using the thumb and forefinger of each hand on either side of the stain. Do not rub the stain directly.

Wash the area under cold water and repeat procedure 2 or 3 times till all colouring is removed. Dry out wet garment by wrapping in a towel and twisting to remove excess moisture.

Dried Stains: Prepare a bucket or sink with lukewarm water, using plenty of household or laundry soap. Immerse the garment and let it soak for 15 minutes to wet out properly.

With the thumb and forefinger of eah hand, slowly work the stain in a rolling action thereby releasing the paint and colour into the soapy water. Change the water as necessary and repeat washing action. DO NOT USE HOT WATER. Some stubborn stains may need to be soaked overnight. Do not boil, dry-clean or use chemical solvents or thinners. Do not iron over a stain. Do not machine wash. Keep stained garments separate from other washing.

Methods of avoiding staining: Whenever possible, use cheap disposable plastic aprons or old clothing.

If clothes do get paint on them, try to get the paint out, as described above, while it is still wet. It is much easier to remove wet ink than paint that has dried.


Store Derivan Block Ink in a cool dark place with lid firmly fastened. Kept correctly, the ink should last for several years. If the ink dries out, mix in a small amount of distilled water to rejuvenate it.

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