Soy-based Ink for Intaglio & Relief
Akua Intaglio is a printmaker’s dream come true. Originally formulated for intaglio printmaking, this ink can also be applied with a brayer for relief printmaking, monotype, and collagraphs; and it will print from any plastic, wood, linoleum or metal plate. They contain no driers, offering a long working time for monotype or wiping the plate.
Made with Soy and Light fast Pigments
Akua Intaglio is a soy-based ink made with the same high quality lightfast pigments as Akua Liquid Pigment. It has a thick consistency with minimal water content.
Clean up with soap and water
Akua Intaglio ink cleans up easily with a dry rag followed by soap and water. Inexpensive liquid dish detergent can be used. Never use toxic solvents.agian.
Prints can be re-soaked immediately after printing if handled carefully. Once the print is dry, Akua-Intaglio is permanent.
Never Skins or Hardens in the Jar
Ink will never skin or harden in the jar or on the ink slab, so no ink is ever wasted.
Easy to Use
Wiping the plate with Akua Intaglio is easier than wiping oil-based ink. Less wiping pressure and time is required.
Wipes nice and clean while the paper picks up the ink efficiently.
Option To Print on Damp or Dry Paper
Choose to print on dry or damp paper according to what may be best suited for your technique. Plates with greater tonal value, deeply bitten or raised surfaces require dampened paper. It may not be necessary to dampen paper for shallow bitten plates with high contrast images. Monotypes print best on dry smooth paper.
Color Chart (print 1 page pdf)
Need more color choices?
With a more extensive range of 25 colors, Akua Liquid Pigment can be mixed into Akua Intaglio inks and/or Transparent Base to create various new colors for intaglio or relief printmaking. Adding Akua Liquid Pigment in small amounts will not affect the consistency. Adding Akua Liquid Pigment in large amounts will create a thicker consistency.
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Most printmaking papers work well with Akua Intaglio inks. Our favorite is Arnhem 1618 for both printing with an etching press and hand printing with a Pin Press.