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Intricate detail and subtle inflections come to life with Charbonnel inks. The top choice of the most exacting printmakers, Charbonnel inks feature pigments chosen for their low acidity and exceptional lightfastness.
Blended with top-quality oils and carefully milled to ensure trouble-free printing, these are the inks of choice for exquisite, lasting works of art.
A medium density, warm black, formulated with Ivory Black and Carbon Black, but without the Prussian Blue that is used in several other formulas. It wipes easily.
A free flowing, lower density bluish black, formulated with Ivory Black, Carbon Black, and Prussian Blue.
Charbonnel's Black RSR is an opaque, concentrated black formulated with Carbon Black, and is thus very neutral. It penetrates deeply and wipes easily.
Black, Universal (#55981)
Charbonnel's Universal Black (#55981) has a medium density and is easy to wipe.
Black, Very Dense (#55985)
Charbonnel's Very Dense Black (#55985) is highly viscous and difficult to wipe. A deep bluish black, it is formulated with Carbon Black, Ivory Black, and Prussian Blue. Use it to reinforce other blacks.
Charbonnel's Soft Black is less dense and wipes easily. It is a muted black, almost gray, for creating tones with other colors.
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.
For a color chart with pigment information, please click here.
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™ Charbonnel is a trademark.
Since 1862, Charbonnel has been manufacturing inks and grounds for intaglio and lithography.
Charbonnel has been the choice for the most renowned artists of our time — from Renoir, Degas, Lautrec, and Picasso to present day masters such as Rauschenberg, Hockney, Diebenkorn, and Thiebaud.
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this particular can of ink was unusable
from Albuquerque, NM
Comments about Charbonnel Etching Inks:
I ordered Carbonell's Raw Umber etching ink, but what was inside the can (labeled "Raw Umber") was definitely NOT Raw Umber - the color was between Burnt Umber and Yellow Ochre, not even remotely resembling the Raw Umber. The ink itself was over - saturated with oil, it was literally too liquid to be use in an etching. I have to say that I ordered Carbonell inks before and was always satisfied with them, this may have been a simple mistake on their part (mis-lableing the color, etc).
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We apologize for the defective can of ink, and we're happy to replace that for you. Please look for an email from a member of our Customer Care Team who will be following up to assist you.
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Wide palette selection
from Central Florida
These inks are highly pigmented, with a selection closer to most lines of paint. The go to ink for printmakers working in color techniques. Especially useful for viscosity etching.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from Portland, OR
I particularly like the heavy pigmentation in the blacks - and the large variety of colors to choose from.
The best etching ink, bar none!
from Worcester, VT
Charbonnel etching ink has the ability to hang on and in the etched or engraved line, has great nuance of tonalities. Easy to wipe.
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Golden Gate 2
Tags: Made with Product
Very good ink
Excellent for pronto plates.
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THE VERY BEST IN PRINTMAKING INKS!!
By Richard art
Charbonner Etching Inks are a joy to work with. Rich colors that blend well to create the most wonderful shares. Bright, rich, serene, and glowing. They bring a sense of great beauty and dignity to and work. I will not use anything else!
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Angels in Procession, Intaglio and aquatint
Excellent, will always use this ink!
The density of the pigments is unsurpassed...the ink in the tubes are a bit creamier...a modest amount goes very far!
Rich and dense
My first time etching and loved the rich deep black hue...the ink spread thickly but a small amount went a long way...if applied on a heating table the spreading is smoother...I have been advised by many friends who are professional printmakers that this is the best ink on the market...I am taking their word for it!
Excellent etching ink.
from SF, Ca
Always consistent quality. Strong pure colors.
Charbonner Etching Inks
By Suzie Q
I use Charbonnel Inks when making photopolymer gravures. I like the richness of the inks and the wonderful color choices.
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