I’ve been very interested in Akua Inks and have experimented with them for the last few months. They are soy based and don’t skin or dry out when left open or uncovered. Since they are soy based, they are easy to clean and I don’t worry about ventilation when working with them. Have you ever tried printmaking with Akua inks? What has your experience been?
I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned while working with the Akua Inks. If you plan to print multiple colors using multiple plates, you should let each color dry COMPLETELY before re-soaking the paper. The inks dry by being totally absorbed into the paper. If you re-soak the paper right after printing (how I often do when working with oil-based inks) the ink will flake off in the water bath and will transfer to other paper soaking in the water bath. When using Akua inks for monoprints, they do work well with dry paper. I’ve also discovered that if the inks are very wet on the plate or if you scratched into the plate to add detail, it can help to let the plate sit out for 10 minutes or more before running it through the press. The extra time in the air allows the ink to dry slightly and less of the ink runs when pressed.
Do you have any tips for working with monoprints? Or using the Akua inks? I’d love to hear from you and about your experience.