View Full Version : inks for monoprints

03-15-2017, 10:51 AM
I'm about to do some monoprints, and wondered which were the best inks to use? I've used oil based relief inks in class but prefer to use something washable at home, and also I already have a range of inks. I have caligo safe wash but I have the intaglio rather than relief inks - will this work and dry okay? Otherwise I have water based cheap relief ink and regular oil paint. Has anyone experimented with these for monoprints?


03-16-2017, 11:25 AM
This is useless but good background....
I do monoprints on a gelatin plate. Need water based inks. For years I used Daniel Smith waterbased relief inks over the likes of Speedball etc. DS stayed 'open' longer. Speedball dried to fast (I will say I never tried wetting my paper). DS no longer makes these inks (grrrrr) so when my vast supply runs out, I will be looking for something new (and following this thread).

Side note: I use Akua Kolor inks to lay down base color and experiment with effects. Worth looking into. they are fun in their own way. I have a tendency to be wild with materials (mixing different inks - the Akua Kolor into the DS relief inks, etc). Akua has liquid retarders and extenders which I may try mixing a bit with chaper Speedball inks to get them to stay wet longer.
Golden Open paints are supposed to be good for monoprints (have not tried).

So... experiment!

03-16-2017, 12:30 PM
Thanks for your reply. I've never heard of or used a gelatin plate, but being veggie - not a technique for me ;)

I am pretty wild with materials (well at least the ink) too.
I am sooo messy, which is why I prefer inks that wash off and don't need white spirit.

I will experiment with the safe wash relief inks first. See how they work.

Any tips on drying the finished print? In class we dried between two boards with tissue paper. I'm worried the tissue will stick with the safe wash ink.