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Akua Intaglio soy-based permanent inks are a non-toxic, environmentally safe way to do printmaking.
Formatted for intaglio, they can also be applied with a brayer for relief, monotype, and collagraph printmaking techniques. Combine Akua Intaglio Ink with Solarplate for a completely waterbased intaglio process.
Akua ink has a rich, thick consistency with minimal dryer and cleans up easily with soap and water.
Print from plastic, wood, linoleum, or metal plates. You don’t need any special ventilation, toxic solvents, or fireproof containers.
8-Color Sampler Pack
Colors include Hansa Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Crimson Red, Red Oxide, Carbon Black, Titanium White, Phthalo Green, and Phthalo Blue. Jars are 59 ml (2 oz).
Metallic Gold and Silver Inks
Use Akua Intaglio Metallic Gold and Silver Inks when you want to add high shine or a subtle sheen. They’re ideal for monotype, intaglio, and relief printmaking. The metallic colors will appear different depending on the viewing angle. They can be used alone or mixed with other Akua Intaglio or Akua Kolors to create copper, bronze, and other new colors. A small amount added to the ink will increase the opacity without causing a shiny effect.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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Great non-toxic inks
By SouthHouse printer
from Winston Salem
Comments about Rostow & Jung Akua Intaglio Inks:
Love that these inks are water washable and non-toxic. Color varieties are good.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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The only way to go
from Germantown, TN
Since the development of water soluble/miscible inks, printmaking processes have been revolutionized. I've only been using Akua inks for about 2 years now because they are so easy to use, easy to clean up and have allowed me to print at home without the laborious cleanup of oil-based inks. At first the colors seemed restrictive but the new additions have provided quite a good selection. I've used them for relief (woodblock prints, collagraphs) and intaglio (drypoint, collagraphs, etchings). I'm eager to experiment with additional techniques as well. Lately I've found Blick's prices better than others.
These are the best things ever. It is amazing to be able to clean up so quickly. It's even more exciting to be able to set aside a project and return to it several hours later and the ink has not dried.Dish soap is all you need to clean. These are fantastic.
from Myrtle Beach, SC
I have been a print maker for many years - etchings. I have always used the conventional oil based inks. I decided to try the Amya inks and was amazed how easy to use, easy wipe off, easy clean up and the colors are dead on. I'm a convert. Will be using Amya inks from now on.
Akua ink shipment
the Akua color (Prussian blue) is terrific. I hadto pay a steep$5.00 for shipping and Handling. Anita Feld
from Western MA
It seems ridiculous to write a review; Akua inks are the best water-based inks on the market. And easy to clean up--And non toxic--And great colors. What more could you want?
from Yardley, PA
I love the fact that they remain workable for so long.
A joy to work with
These Inks mix well, stay pliable, look amazing as dry point etchings and best of all, clean up quickly and without using chemicals.
Blick always delivers
By Esser Shon
Will be using the Akua inks in various printing projects.
Not suitable for photogravure
By David Kachel
from Bisbee, AZ
I started teaching myself the process of photogravure three years ago. I used Akua Intaglio inks the whole time, since praise for these inks seemed to be everywhere.A week ago I tried another, traditional, burnt plate oil based brand I had sitting around. The difference was HUGE!!! Now that I have the experience and the skill set to see more clearly, I can state emphatically that Akua Intaglio inks are entirely unsuitable for photogravure.I am sure others are having good results with other printing methods and Akua inks, but they are incapable of producing anything approaching acceptable blacks with photogravure.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with these inks. We're sorry that they weren't the best fit for your process, and we're glad to hear that your experimentation has helped you find inks that give you the results you're looking for. If you have any unused Akua you'd like to return to us, we'll be happy to assist you. Just call 1-800-723-2787 to speak to a Customer Care Agent.
Akua Intaglio ink combines artist-grade pigments in a soy-based binder creating a permanent ink that is non-toxic and environmentally safe. No special ventilation, toxic solvents, or fireproof containers needed! It cleans with soap and water. And colors are intense and bright.
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