Akua Intaglio Inks – Speedball


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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  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.

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.

Ideal for:

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


Sizes: 8 oz (237ml)

Please note – it is normal for Akua inks to separate, all it needs is a good stir, and it is ready to use. (See related video below).


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View our other Akua products:

Akua Professional Printmaking Ink Starter Set – Speedball

Akua Intaglio Transparent Base – Speedball

Akua Intaglio Release Agent – Speedball

Akua Blending Medium – Speedball

Akua Wiping Fabric – Speedball


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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.

Akua Intaglio Inks

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