Gamblin Litho Ink Portland Black 1lb


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Gamblin Black Lithography Ink

Gamblin Portland Litho Black is an artist-grade lithography ink. Embracing how Gamblin makes all their products, this ink is focused on high-quality oil and a high pigment load. Its body differs greatly from process black inks, because printing by hand is slow and gentle and demands a real, rich black.

Gamblin strives for simplicity in formulating their materials and finding the perfect balance between the appropriate pigments and carefully-chosen oils.  As a result, Gamblin ink will feel differently than commercial inks out of the can. Portland Litho Black has been used in editions on both plate and stone, and we are excited to include it among our growing oil-based ink collection.

Gamblin Portland Litho Black Lithography ink is available in the following size: 1lb can

Pigment: Ivory Black PBk7, Carbon Black PBk9

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Gamblin Etching Ink

Gamblin Etching Ink is a strong, reliable ink perfect for edition printing. This palette of pure, intense pigments and wide selection of black etching ink offers an artist quality product as well as a broad range of color mixing potential.

Five blacks, as well as Graphite, are formulated to meet the demands of printmakers who want deep, rich blacks with good working characteristics. Gamblin Portland Cool Black Etching ink as well as Portland Black are ideal for edition printing. Both of these black etching inks offer a strong line and a medium plate tone.

Black Inks – How to choose a Black Ink

Color Wiping Plate Tone Recommendations For Use
Portland Black
PBk9, PB29
Neutral Easy Moderate Highly recommended for etching, dry point, aquatint, mezzotint as well as engraving processes.
Portland Cool Black
PBk7, PBk9, PB29
Cool Easy Moderate Highly recommended for etching, dry point, aquatint, mezzotint as well as engraving processes.
Portland Stiff Black
PBk9, Pbk29
Neutral Moderate Moderate Recommended for etching, dry point, aquatint. Highly recommended for mezzotint as well as engraving.
Bone Black
Warm Easy Light Highly recommended for etching, dry point, aquatint, mezzotint printmaking as well as engraving processes.
Carbon Black
Warm Hard Heavy Needs additives to work well for etching, dry point, aquatint, mezzotint as well as engraving processes.
Natural Graphite
Gray Easy Heavy Recommended for etching, dry point, aquatint, as well as mezzotint printing. Needs additives for engraving.

Depending on the printmaking technique, you may need to add a Gamblin modifier (below) in order to print perfectly. Temperature as well as humidity, the type of plate, and type of paper all affect how inks perform.

Burnt Plate Oils

Gamblin Burnt Plate Oils are used to lower the viscosity of Gamblin printmaking ink. Burnt Plate Oil should be added to inks sparingly, because the detail of a print may be lost if the ink becomes too fluid. Burnt Plate Oil #2  has a higher tack than Burnt Plate Oil #000 and is the primary binder for Gamblin Etching Inks.

Tack Reducer

Because Tack Reducer is a gel made from a very light drying oil, it is completely compatible with the inks. Small amounts added to ink will efficiently reduce tack. Tack Reducer is transparent and allows the intensity of an inks color to be maintained. SDS

Magnesium Carbonate

Magnesium Carbonate is traditionally used to stiffen ink, but it will also reduce an ink’s gloss level. Because Magnesium Carbonate becomes transparent once added to ink, it will not alter the color of the ink. You should only add small amounts at a time, because only a little is needed to add body to an ink. Mix well. It can be used with both Etching and Relief Inks.


Gamblin Gamsol is the safest 100% pure odorless mineral spirit available. It enables printmakers to easily modify inks and is great for studio clean-up, as well as eliminating the need for stronger solvents.

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