Akua Printmaking Ink Starter Set


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Akua Starter Set

Susan Rostow created Akua Professional Printmaking inks to deliver brilliant colours, intense blacks and unmatched working properties. The Akua Starter set provides an introduction to these highly pigmented, professional quality printmaking inks. Experience the unique and limitless possibilities for creating with Akua Inks.

This Akua Starter set includes: Three 2oz Akua Intaglio Inks (Hansa Yellow, Crimson Red, Carbon Black). 1oz Phthalo Blue Akua Liquid Pigment. 2oz Akua Transparent Base, as well as 1oz Akua Blending Medium and an Akua Instruction Guide.


Take a deep dive into the range of possibilities with a simple, yet expansive palette. In our latest video, “Intro to Monochromatic Printmaking,” Susan Rostow compares the characteristics of Akua Intaglio blacks, grays and whites, providing an in-depth look at the vast tonal range within this limited palette. Learn which pigments to choose for greater intensity, opacity, transparency and mixing combined with different colored Arnhem 1618 papers. This video serves as Part One to a guide for selecting pigments for creating a monochromatic palette. Stay tuned for Part Two, as we expand on the monochromatic palette by introducing the vibrancy of color.

LEARN MORE: Akua Intaglio Viscosity

The unmatched working properties offered by the Akua lines of inks offer up creative potential unlike any other ink on the market.  The innovative formulations responsible for these properties can lead to a range of questions from our  printmakers–none more often heard than regarding Akua Intaglio’s viscosity, both across colors and over time.  This question is tackled in the beautifully-shot and incredibly informative video below.


  • Monotype
  • Additive Monotype
  • Subtractive Monotype
  • Trace Monotype
  • Viscosity Monotype
  • Monoprint
  • Drypoint
  • Stencil & Materials
  • Clay Monotype
  • Collagraph
  • Carborundum
  • Silk Aquatint
  • Woodcut
  • Interactive Print Media and Animation
  • Linocut
  • Etching
  • Intaglio
  • Four Color Process
  • Artist Books

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 with 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.

Excellent Results
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.

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