Description of Akua-Intaglio "Water-based" intaglio ink


"Water-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.

Made with Natural Binders and Light fast Pigments
Akua Intaglio ink is made with the highest quality natural gum based binders. All pigments used are light fast. They contain no driers.

Safer to Use
Akua Intaglio is safe to use without special ventilation, toxic solvents or fireproof containers. It is labeled non-toxic and conforms to ASTMD 4236. Akua Intaglio ink cleans up easily with a dry rag followed by soap and water.

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.

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.

More Extensive Range of Colors
With a more extensive range of 25 colors, Akua Kolor can be mixed into the "new" or "original" formula Akua Intaglio inks and Transparent Base to create various new colors for intaglio or relief printmaking. Adding Akua Kolor in small amounts will not affect the consistency. Adding Akua Kolor in large amounts will make a stiffer consistency.

Akua Intaglio and Akua Kolor are compatible
JUse Akua Kolor in combination with Akua Intaglio. Akua Intaglio prints well on top of Akua Kolor prints. Their unique transparent quality makes them ideal for overlays.

Easy to Modify
The consistency of Akua Intaglio ink may vary. It may become loose when warm and stiff when cold. Modifiers can be used to stiffen or loosen the ink if necessary.

  • To stiffen the ink add Akua Oil Converter
  • To loosen the ink add Akua Kolor Blending Medium