FAQ’s

  1. What are the advantages of Akua Ink?
  2. What are  the differences between Akua Liquid Pigment and Akua Intaglio inks?
  3. What are the differences between water-based and water soluble inks.
  4. Are Akua inks water-based or water soluble.
  5. What are the differences between the working qualities and appearance of prints made with Akua Intaglio and oil-based ink?


1. What are the advantages of Akua Inks?

Akua Inks are high quality pigmented inks. They offer the artist the opportunity to work in a safer fume free studio without sacrificing the quality of their methods and materials.  Akua Inks clean up quickly and easily with soap and water, not hazardous solvents.  The ink never hardens or skins, meaning you don’t waste ink and no longer have to use hazardous anti-skin sprays.  Akua Inks will not dry on a non-absorbent surface, meaning you never have to clean your palette or worry about damaging tools or plates with dried ink. The fact that Akua Ink doesn’t dry on the slab eliminates the need to clean up right away. You can always enjoy that long lunch break and return exactly where you left off.


2. What are the differences between Akua Liquid Pigment and Akua Intaglio Inks?

Akua Liquid Pigment is a liquid ink and comes in a bottle.  If you are accustomed to working with water colors this product may feel more familiar to you.

Akua Intaglio is a thick ink and comes in a jar. If you are accustomed to working with etching or relief inks this product may feel more familiar to you.

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3  What are the differences between water-based and water-soluble ink?

The term water-soluble is used to describe substances that dissolve in water.   The term water-based implies that water is amongst the ingredients.


4. Are Akua Inks water-based or water soluble?

Akua Intaglio Ink is NOT water soluble. The Intaglio process requires printing on damp paper.  If the ink were soluble, then it would not hold up to the challenge of printing on damp paper.  A non water-soluble ink will offer a sharper image.  If you were to mix water into Akua Intaglio ink  it would not dissolve, it would stiffen up.  Soap is necessary to dissolve Akua Intaglio Ink.

Akua Liquid Pigment IS water-soluble.  It  prints best on dry paper and cleans up with just water. However, small amounts of Akua Liquid Pigment added into Akua Intaglio Inks or Akua Transparent Base would make it no longer water soluble.

Both Akua Liquid Pigment and Akua Intaglio are water-based.



5. What are the differences between the working qualities and appearance of prints made with Akua Intaglio and oil-based ink?

Working with Akua Intaglio Ink is very similar to working with oil-based ink. The only change that needs to be made in the studio is the replacement of the solvent can with a bottle of diluted dish soap for clean up. All other methods and materials remain the same.

The entire process of wiping the intaglio plate can be achieved with less effort and time than required with oil based ink. In most situations, prints made with Akua Intaglio Ink are identical to prints made with oil-based ink.

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