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Caligo Safe Wash Relief Inks are oil-based relief/block printing inks that are easy to clean up with soap and water. Made from polymerized vegetable oil and artist-quality pigments, they produce a unique product that is suitable for all types of block printing, including wood engraving, linocut, woodcut, and letterpress printing with photopolymer plates.
Safe Wash Relief Inks print on a wide range of papers with the quality, intensity, and precision of an oil-based ink yet they're safe for use by beginners and experienced printmakers. Because no solvents are required for cleanup, they're ideal for printmakers who desire a non-toxic studio environment.
The Safe Wash Relief Ink range consists of a variety of high-strength colors, including a set of process colors for CMYK printing or mixing. Every color has a lightfast value of at least 6 on the International Blue Wool Scale (BWS).
Safe Wash Oil
Use this oil to dilute Caligo Safe Wash Inks.
Use this product to control the color strength of Caligo Safe Wash Relief Inks.
Use this product to modify the tack of Caligo Safe Wash Inks.
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.
To view a PDF with more information about wiping, removing, mixing, and storing Caligo Safe Wash Relief Inks, please click here.
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Comments about Caligo Safe Wash Relief Inks:
These are the only oil-based inks I could find that are also somehow water-soluble. You get the richness of oil, with the easy clean-up of water. For someone who works from an apartment and doesn't want to stink the tiny place up with turpentine, these are amazing. For the most part, they don't dirty up the sink either, with the exception of the process blue-- for some reason, this one requires a little bleach to clean out of my sink. Still, it's no biggie,and totally worth it to be able to wash this stuff down the drain. These are now the only inks I use. They are SO much better than water-based ones.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great Color - Simple Clean-up
from Racine, WI
As a printmaker, I really love incorporating lots of color into my work. These inks have rich color and safe simple clean-up. I have used them for both linoleum relief and for some letterpress printing.
Amazing on fabric!
from Boca raton, fl
These inks print beautifully and are the best, least toxic option I have found for textile block printing.
Non-toxic + high quality! Score!
from Portland, OR
We try our best to keep our art studio as non-toxic as possible. These inks are perfect for printmaking with kids... with fantastic results! You can actually feel the difference of quality with these inks.Highly recommend!
I really like the Caligo inks!
from Nashville, Tn
This is my first use of oil based inks for reduction printing and I'm very happy with the results. I can't compare them to other oil based products obviously but I found that the Caligo inks cover much better and with less ink than the water based. They clean up nicely with liquid soap (then water) and a bit of veggie oil if I missed any spots with the soap.
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beautiful and easy to clean
from Louisa, VA
These inks make for smooth coverage, and look rich and consistent. Clean-up is as easy as soap and water. They take a little while to dry, and also can get a bit tacky when printing multi-layered prints, but it's worth a little waiting/ problem-solving for the beautiful prints these make. Nice color selection, too.
from Fargo, ND
I used this ink for letterpressing my own wedding invitations. It was the first time to letterpress, and I was a little nervous. This ink worked great for me, though! It was an easy-to-work-with ink, the odor was not bad, and was incredibly easy to clean up. I was also thrilled with the color. The prussian blue was exactly what I imagined! I would definitely use this brand of ink again.
from Rochester. MN
I use this because it is so much easier to clean up than regular oil-based inks while also giving a very rich tone. Probably not as rich as an oil color, but really close. It also allows me to watercolor the print after drying for a day or two.
Great Monoprint Inks
By Diane the artist teacher
from Minneapolis, MN
I used this ink with my Advanced 2d and AP Studio Art students after trying it our at a workshop that I attended. The colors roll out expectionally well and you are able to achieve some excellent transparent veils of color build up. They may also be diluted and used with a brush on your printing surface. The very best thing about them is the quality for the pricing, water clean-up, and the professional quality that you are able to achieve by using these inks.
Just love these inks
from Adelaide, Australia
These relief inks are my favorite. The pigments are beautiful. They are easy to work with and the clean up is a breeze.
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