Durability: Wood blocks are typically more durable than linoleum blocks, which can be prone to cracking or crumbling over time. This means that wood blocks can be used for a longer period of time, making them more cost-effective in the long run.
Texture: Wood blocks have a natural grain that can add texture and visual interest to a print. The texture of the wood grain can be incorporated into the design or used to create a sense of depth and dimensionality.
Ink absorption: Wood blocks tend to absorb ink better, which can create a richer and more even distribution of ink on the printed surface. This can result in prints with a more saturated and vibrant color.
Fine details: Wood blocks can be carved with fine details, allowing for intricate designs and patterns.
How did I create the blocks
To create the design, I used Procreate to make a pixel-based design which I transferred to Illustrator to adjust the measurements. After finalizing the design, I transferred it onto MDF using a laser cutter at FabLab. The laser cutter uses a computer-guided laser to cut the design into small blocks (0.5cm blocks) that will raise the surface to hold the ink. Additionally, I used the engraved raster lines on the design to guide me on where to glue the blocks together to create the same design while printing.