Akua Carborundum Gel


The Akua™ Carborundum Gel for platemaking is used to create collagraph printmaking plates. This ready-to-use platemaking gel offers a reliable medium that delivers fine, sharp detail and a uniquely textured surface that yields rich, velvety areas of color.

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What is Carborundum Print/Platemaking?

Carborundum printmaking is a collagraph process in which the image is created directly on the plate by applying an abrasive grit (Carborundum) mixed with an acrylic medium or glue. Once dried, it forms areas of texture or line which is then inked intaglio, relief or both. The plate is printed with an etching press in the same manner as other printmaking plates.

Since the carborundum mixture is built up on the plate, the paper embosses when going through the press creating a rich, dense surface. The plates can be printed many times.

Printmakers have been experimenting with methods for making carborundum prints for decades. AkuaCarborundum Gel improves results by offering a formulation that is consistent and reliable. Carborundum Gel is performance-tested, so printmakers can rely on the consistency of this platemaking medium from start to finish. As a result, prints will be strong and vivid, each and every time.

Akua™ Carborundum Gel FAQ’s | Printable Introductory PDF

Carborundum Printmaking Techniques


Akua Carborundum Gel is available at any of the fine retail partners listed below.  Please note that inventory levels at each retailer may vary by location and/or online.  If you have difficulties finding the Carborundum Gel through a particular listing, please contact the retailer directly.

Artist and Craftsman

Art Supplies Wholesale

Dick Blick


RISD Store