Akua Waterbased Intaglio Inks are easy to use water soluble etching inks, in a range of beautiful dense colours. Very buttery and easy to wipe.
Can be left uncovered in the jar without hardening or forming a skin.
Prints well on dry or dampened papers.
Although water-based the inks are not water-soluble, and cannot be reactivated by water even while the prints are wet, as they contain no dryers the ink drying time will be similiar to oil based inks.
When cleaning up use a dry rag on all surfaces.
Clean any remaining residue with warm soapy water and a rag.
Solar plates are cleaned with vegetable oil.
All colours on the chart are available; please enquire.
Oil-based and washable!
Artist quality etching inks for non-toxic printmaking
Traditional milled oil based inks.
For anyone who wants solvent-free cleaning, this unique range of etching inks can be washed away with liquid soap and water. Suitable for all types of intaglio printing e.g. etching, aquatint and line engraving.
This range does not contain any driers. For faster drying rates, add a small amount of cobalt or manganese driers.
Caligo always select light fast pigments for our formulations. All their inks are rated 6 or higher on the International Blue Wool Scale.
Five black inks and Graphite were formulated to meet the demands of printmakers who want deep rich black inks with good working characteristics. Portland Black and Portland Cool Black are ideal for edition printing; both offer a strong line and medium plate tone. For engravers, printers of mezzotints, or others who need more resistance from their ink, Portland Stiff Black is also available.
For plastic etching plates use Portland black with a drop of tack reducer for easy wiping (tip: use old telephone book pages for wiping) Recommendations for use:
Gamblin Etching Inks were formulated at the request of professional printmakers in the Pacific Northwest USA who wanted strong reliable inks for edition printing. The palette of pure intense pigments offers a broad range of color mixing potential.Gamblin Etching Inks are professional quality.
Made in Portland USA.
Use the highest quality binders, can be mixed like oil paint, are lightfast.
(See Blacks in other selection)
Hansa Yellow Light: Is a cool yellow. Cleaner in masstone, brighter in tint and more transparent than a Cad Yellow Light. Excellent for mixing intense oranges and greens.
Depending on the printmaking technique, the inks may need to be adjusted slightly with one of Gamblin’s modifiers in order to print perfectly. Temperature and humidity, the type of plate, and type of paper all affect how inks perform.