- Caligo Safe wash
- Hawthorne Stay Open
- Daler Rowney block printing
- home made using Hawthorn Transparent ink and Cornelieson’s dry pigment
Thoughts on makes of ink:
- water based inks – difficult to handle and get repeatable results
- Caligo – limited colours but tubes don’t skin over and they wash up easily for home use. Skin over in tubs.
- Hawthorn Stay Open, lovely inks but more difficult to wash up. Citriwash works well. Lovely colours, especially Payne’s Grey and Peter Wray Grey. Don’t skin over.
- home-made was fun but difficult to balance transparency, viscosity and pigment load.
Parameters to think about with inks:
- viscosity, and relative viscosity
- cleaning up (safe use, restrict white spirit, use veg oil or soap)
- colour range
- drying – seems to depend on viscosity, pigment load but also thinning medium
- loose ink squirms about on the plate
- subtlety of colour
- different consistencies for relief, etching, collagraph
- process colours – in theory you can mix any colour but in practice (mine) you can’t get the subtleties of earth colours etc.
- transparent ink v extender. Less pigment load v looser ink
- some inks soak into the paper, some lie on top like enamel
- price – luscious colours don’t come cheap. Pigment always costs.