Burnt Plate Oils are used to lower the viscosity of the ink. Burnt Plate Oil should be added to inks sparingly, as the detail of a print may be lost if the ink becomes too fluid. Burnt Plate Oil #000 has less tack and is a good match for use with Gamblin Relief Inks. Burnt Plate Oil #2 has a higher tack and is the primary oil binder for Gamblin Etching Inks.
Depending on the printmaking technique, the inks may need to be adjusted slightly with one of our modifiers in order to print perfectly. Temperature and humidity, the type of plate, and type of paper all affect how inks perform.
Our goal is to advance printmaking by providing artists with materials that offer traditional working properties while improving studio safety.
Artists’ studios are immediately safer when artists remove strong solvents, especially turpentine, from their artistic processes. None of our materials require the use of strong solvents. Gamsol odorless mineral spirit is the choice for studio safety in the traditional printmaking studio using oil-based inks.
For more information on Studio Safety and Gamsol, please refer to our Studio Safety page.