Akua

Akua Between Ink and Paper DVD Akua Special Order Only

In concise and beautifully filmed demonstrations, this 85 minute DVD reveals the synergy between inks, blocks and color in Catherine Kernan's print process. In an ever-inventive woodcut mono-print process, Kernan exploits unorthodox techniques that are sure to stimulate printmakers from beginner to expert. These include offsets to plastic, viscosity rolls, as well as sandwiching giant plywood blocks together and pulling ink from one block to another. Kernan immerses the artist in the brilliance and transparency of Akua Inks along with modifiers, versatility, their long working time and easy clean up with soap and water.

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Blending Medium Akua Special Order Only

Modifiers allow the artist to experiment with different levels of transparency, viscosity and workability. This clear, liquid blending medium is used to thin ink for brushwork, create wash effects and for use as a resist for viscosity monotype.

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Carborundum Gel Akua Special Order Only

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.

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Extender Akua Special Order Only

Akua modifiers allow the artist to experiment with different levels of transparency, viscosity and workability. This extender is used to thin Akua Liquid Pigment if it becomes too thick. It is an amber color with a liquid consistency.

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Intaglio Ink Akua Special Order Only

These soy-based inks deliver brilliant colors, intense blacks and unmatched working properties. The inks only dry through absorption so they will not skin over in the jar or dry on the printmaking plate. Clean up is easy with soap and water. These inks are ideal for intaglio, etching, monotype, relief and collagraph printmaking and can be used with Akua Liquid Pigment (SPAKLY) and Akua Modifiers.

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Liquid Pigments Akua Special Order Only

This liquid pigment delivers brilliant colors, intense blacks and unmatched working properties. It is made with the high quality light-fast pigments, with no chalk or suspending agents. Colors are exceptionally strong, yet transparent which makes them ideal for multi-layer printing. The high pigment load and wide selection of colors makes it great for tinting Akua Intaglio Ink, Akua Transparent Base and other inks. Its rich working consistency is excellent for all monotype techniques. It stays wet on the plate for an extended period of time, allowing many hours for the artist to create an image. It prints well on dry or damp paper, and cleans up easily with water. Available in 4 oz. bottles.

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Mag Mix Akua Special Order Only

Akua modifiers allow the artist to experiment with different levels of transparency, viscosity and workability. Mag Mix is used with Akua Intaglio to add depth and stiffen ink. It is white with a stiff consistency.

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Pin Press Akua Special Order Only

This portable pin press is designed for light pressure printing processes such as monotype, drypoint and collagraph. It offers an economical alternative to standard printmaking presses. The press is 20" in length, which allows for printing from plates 19.75" or smaller, and is precisely machined to provide uniform contact between roller, plate and paper. The all-metal construction ensures long-lasting durability, and the crescent-shaped handles allow for ergonomic printing. The handles also act as a press-stand when it is not in use.

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Printmaking Plates Akua Special Order Only

These printmaking plates are made from clear, non-tinted PETG plastic. They are ideal for monotype, carborundum, collagraph and drypoint processes and photopolymer films. The soft, yet malleable surface allows for easy incising of lines and is made of .030 PETG transparent plastic that is durable, yet softer than polycarbonate. It has a non-porous surface to prevent ghosting. These plates work great for inversion printing.

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Release Agent Akua Special Order Only

Modifiers allow the artist to experiment with different levels of transparency, viscosity and workability. This release agent is used for monotype ghost prints, high shine with metallic inks or when working on monotype prints with Akua Liquid Pigment. It appears to be white in the jar, but rolls up clear and colorless. This modifier has a soft, buttery consistency.

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Retarder Akua Special Order Only

Akua modifiers allow the artist to experiment with different levels of transparency, viscosity and workability. This retarder is used to slow the drying rate and also acts as a release. A few drops of this clear liquid are required when printing on dry paper. It is ideal for hot, cold and dry climates.

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Tack Thickener Akua Special Order Only

Akua modifiers allow the artist to experiment with different levels of transparency, viscosity and workability. Tack Thickener is used to thicken Akua Liquid Pigment for heavier roll-up applications for monotype or block printing. This thickener is an amber color with molasses-like consistency.

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Transparent Base Akua Special Order Only

Modifiers allow the artist to experiment with different levels of transparency, viscosity and workability. This transparent base can be used with Akua Liquid Pigment to thicken and create new intaglio or relief colors. It can also be used with Akua Intaglio to increase ink transparency. This transparent base is a light amber color.

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Wiping Fabric Akua Special Order Only

This fabric is ideal for wiping excess ink from the surface of all types of intaglio, etching, drypoint, collagraph and photopolymer plates. It is made from polyester, making it sturdy, long-lasting and lint free. It is also less absorbent, smoother and softer than traditional tarlatan, allowing plates to print with highly saturated color and smooth solids without streaking. Akua inks will not dry and harden on this fabric, making it reusable and its paper-like quality eliminates the need for a final paper or hand wipe on the plate. This fabric is 19" x 10 yds. in dimension.

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