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Old 06-02-2008, 05:59 PM
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Exclamation I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

So I was recently introduced to these inks, and I must say: I think i am love. Previously to using these inks most of my printmaking was done with Litho processes, and the clean up process with the Akua Inks rocks the oil-based inks. I posted a couple of the recent prints I have done. They were all printed on Arches 88 full sized paper, with 2 inch margins... so these prints are fairly large. The hummingbird print was a combination of an Akua monotype and Litho, and the rest are all Akua monotypes created with the use of hand-cut stencils.

Enjoy, and please leave any comments or crits

Oh and I am new to this site My name is Britt and I have been printmaking for about 3 years now, and I am in love. I am getting my BFA in printmaking at CU Boulder... and I am always learning new things about this process. I would consider myself in an "experimental phase."


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Old 06-02-2008, 06:35 PM
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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

Hi, Britt... and welcome... I love these images, especially the bird. I'm awed by the size. Full sheets! Wow!

I'm an Akua fan though I haven't played with them in a while. You are so right about the colors. They really sing!

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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

Britt,
I'm in love with Akua, too!
I just used them for the first time recently. They are easy to use, and clean up. But more important the colors are great and easy to mix. They are luciously transparent. They roll out wonderfully and cover great.
Yeah! AKUA!!
Britt, I love your images. Especially the Parrot.
Will you tell us how you did that?
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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

Great prints, and welcome to the Printmaking forum!

I've done stone litho, too, so I hear where you're coming from; there's just no comparison to the ease of cleanup.
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:45 PM
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Britt,
I'm in love with Akua, too!
I just used them for the first time recently. They are easy to use, and clean up. But more important the colors are great and easy to mix. They are luciously transparent. They roll out wonderfully and cover great.
Yeah! AKUA!!
Britt, I love your images. Especially the Parrot.
Will you tell us how you did that?


Well I started by adding the blending medium to the inks and using them as watercolors. For my first drop I just painted straight onto a plexiglass slab and kept things very transparent.

For my next layer I used the rollers and rolled on two colors (for the bird i did a red and a light blue). Before I printed this layer i laid down a hand cut stencil (from mylar) so that the water color would come through.

Then for my last layer I rolled on a darker blue and did some accents to bring out the bird, because at this point she wasn't as defined.

The entire process was created using q-tips in a reductive manner... And I probably went through 3 giant boxes in a short period of three months. The cow and bird are only 2 of a large series I did of "postage prints"

and now for the fun part: to get the postage marks I drew straight on the plex with sharpie markers. Then with a quick roll over of the release agent (an Akua product) and a run through the press...the sharpie transfers right over.

For the larger prints I use the press, but I love these inks because you can hand print them. It's just easier to register and get an even layer with the press for these biggies.

I hope that helps I feel like you can really use these inks in a variety of ways, and I am excited to see what others come up with!
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Thank you Britt,
And Welcome to the Forum!
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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

Welcome to the forum Britt and thanks for the step by step on your wonderful parrot print!
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Welcome to the forum! Your prints are beautiful! There's alot of vibrancy there that made me think you had discovered the release agent. That stuff is steroids for akua inks!
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:26 AM
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I love these Britt! And I love Akua also - thanks for the techniques - I'm always looking for new ways to make the colors shine. - Gail
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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

Interesting and very adept handling of the material... AKUA now officially and definitely on my list of Art "must-do's" or "trys" in Printmaking!

Especially appreciate the humour of that '86 Chicago "fire" cow...with that incredulous look of "Who, me?"

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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

Beautiful prints, Britt, thanks so much for posting and describing your process!
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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

Thanks for all the comments everyone I am excited to become familiar with everyone and their work!
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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

Welcome to the forum Britt. I love the parrot and the cow especially. The colours are wonderfully bright in the parrot and very interesting in the cow.

Did you use Akua Kolor or Akua Intaglio?

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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

I used Akua Kolor for all of the prints.
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Re: I am in love with AKUA INKS :) c&c for Monotypes and Litho

i just swa your prints and love them.Ive just started using them and at first was totally freaked out by the light feel of them,especially after using oils, but you are absolutely right about clean up, its a joy.only just begun so got along way to go ,thanks for sharing, if I can master getting my work into my computer I will put up some of mine,but Im a technophobe and forget how to do it.all the best. shella.
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