Akua Blending Medium – Speedball


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For use with Akua Liquid Pigment or Akua Intaglio Inks. Use it to thin the ink for brushwork, create wash effects or use it as a resist for viscosity monotype. It is a clear liquid.

Akua Inks Offer Artists:

  • Artist quality
  • Highly pigmented, brilliant colours
  • Extended open time for printing
  • Option to print on dry or damp paper
  • Easy soap and water cleanup


Ideal for:

  • Intaglio/ Etching
  • Drypoint
  • Monotype
  • Relief/ Woodblock
  • Relief/Linocut
  • Collagraph
  • Letterpress


Sizes: 4 oz (119ml)


View our other Akua products:

Akua Professional Printmaking Ink Starter Set – Speedball

Akua Intaglio Transparent Base – Speedball

Akua Intaglio Inks – Speedball

Akua Intaglio Release Agent – Speedball

Akua Wiping Fabric – Speedball

Akua Carborundum Platemaking Gel

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In this video, Susan Rostow and Christina Pumo demonstrate how this medium can be applied to create beautiful painterly effects.

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More on Akua Intaglio Ink

Professional printmaker, Susan Rostow, developed Akua Intaglio Inks to deliver brilliant colours, intense blacks and unmatched working properties. Akua Intaglio Inks only dry through absorption-they will not dry on the printing plate and clean up easily with soap and water. These inks are ideal for Intaglio/Etching, Monotype, Gel and Collagraph printmaking and can be used with Akua Liquid Pigment and select Akua Modifiers.

Originally formulated for intaglio printmaking, Akua Intaglio can also be applied with a brayer for relief printmaking, monotype, and collagraph. It will print from any plastic, wood, linoleum or metal plate. When used on intaglio plates, Akua Intaglio wipes off cleanly, while plenty of ink remains in the grooves, resulting in sharp images, strong blacks and rich colours. Wiping the intaglio plate requires less time and effort than other inks. Akua Intaglio prints well on dry or damp paper. It cleans up quickly with a dry rag or liquid dish detergent. Akua Intaglio does not contain toxic driers. The ink will never skin or harden in the jar or on any non-absorbant surface, so no ink is ever wasted due to unwanted drying and working time is extended.

Ideal for Intaglio/ Etching. Drypoint, Monotype, Woodblock, Linocut, Collagraph and Letterpress. Akua Intaglio is made with a soy-based binder and is made with the same high-quality pigments used in Akua Liquid Pigment Inks. Akua Intaglio is much tackier and stiffer than Akua Liquid Pigment.


Background on Akua

The name “Akua”, means “honour the land” in Hawaiian. New York-based professional printmaker Susan Rostow and William Jung first identified a need for the creation of non-toxic printmaking inks before the birth of their son in 1996. They created Akua Inks, which enabled them to continue their art in their home studio without the worry of toxic elements. Akua Inks can be used in a variety of printmaking techniques, including monotype, intaglio, relief, and collagraph. They are uniquely formulated to stay wet on the printing plate, allowing for maximum flexibility in working time. As of October 2012, Akua Inks is proudly owned, manufactured and distributed by Speedball Art Products and reflect Speedball’s dedication to creating high-quality products that are also safe to use. Akua Inks allow artists to work in any setting, without the need for expensive ventilation systems or fireproof containers and also for easy cleanup, requiring only a dry rag or soapy water instead of toxic solvents.


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