Akua Intaglio Release Agent – Speedball


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Akua Intaglio Release Agent is a multi-purpose product for use with Akua Liquid Pigments and Akua Intaglio Inks. Use it to print a second lighter version of your first print, create high shine with Akua metallic inks, or ease the release from plate to paper when printing with a Pin Press.

1) For monotype ghost prints. After printing a monotype there may be some residue of ink remaining on the plate. Release Agent can be used to print a second lighter version of the first print. Roll Release Agent on top of the residue of ink on the plate and print.

2) For high shine with Akua Metallic Inks. Roll Akua Release Agent over the metallic ink that was applied to the plate. Wait three minutes and print.

3) When using the Pin Press and printing monotypes with Akua Liquid Pigment. Roll Release Agent on the surface of the plate before doing brushwork. Not necessary for Akua Intaglio Ink or when printing with an etching press. Release Agent looks white in the jar but rolls up clear and colourless. It has a soft, buttery consistency.


Sizes: 8 oz (237ml)


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Akua Professional Printmaking Ink Starter Set – Speedball

Akua Intaglio Transparent Base – Speedball

Akua Intaglio Inks – Speedball

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Akua Wiping Fabric – Speedball

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More on Akua Intaglio Inks

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.

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, 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.

Ideal for:

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


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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