Akua Carborundum Gel
Akua Carborundum Gel for Platemaking is used to create collagraph printmaking plates. This ready-to-use platemaking gel offers a reliable medium that delivers fine, sharp detail and a uniquely textured surface that yields rich, velvety areas of color. Printmakers have been experimenting with methods for making carborundum prints for decades.
Akua Carborundum Gel improves results by offering a formulation that is consistent and reliable. Carborundum Gel is performance-tested, so printmakers can rely on the consistency of this platemaking medium from start to finish. As a result, prints will be strong and vivid, each and every time.
Carborundum printmaking is a collagraph process in which an image is created directly on the plate by applying an abrasive grit mixed with an acrylic medium or glue. Once dried, it forms areas of texture or line which is then inked intaglio, relief or both. This ready-to-use platemaking gel offers a reliable medium that delivers fine, sharp detail as well as a uniquely textured surface that yields rich, velvety areas of color.
AP Certified, #220 grit is used, Smooth, consistent formula
More About Akua
Water-based Ink for Intaglio & Relief: Akua Intaglio Inks are a printmaker’s dream come true. Originally formulated for intaglio printmaking, you can also apply this ink with a brayer for relief printmaking and monotype, as well as collagraphs. Additionally, it will print from any plastic, wood, linoleum or metal plate. These inks contain no driers, offering a long working time for monotype or wiping the plate.
Made with Soy and Light fast Pigments
Akua Intaglio is a soy based ink made with the same high quality lightfast pigments as Akua Liquid Pigment. It has a thick consistency as well as minimal water content.
Clean up with soap and water
Akua Intaglio ink cleans up easily with a dry rag, followed by soap and water. You can even use inexpensive liquid dish detergent. Never use toxic solvents again!
You can re-soak Akua prints immediately after printing, if handled carefully. Once the print is dry, Akua Intaglio is permanent.
Never Skins or Hardens in the Jar
Akua Ink will neither skin over, nor harden in the jar or on the ink slab, so no ink is wasted.
Easy to Use
Wiping the plate with Akua Intaglio is easier than wiping oil-based ink. For best results, use this Akua Wiping Fabric.
Wipes nice and clean while the paper picks up the ink efficiently.
Option To Print on Damp or Dry Paper
Print on dry or damp paper. Plates with greater tonal value, deeply bitten or raised surfaces require dampened paper. However, it may not be necessary to dampen paper for shallow bitten plates with high contrast images. Monotypes print best on dry smooth paper.