Akua Intaglio Inks

The Akua Intaglio Inks are a soy-based type of inks created for printmaking. They contain no dryers so they allow more time to be brought into the shape that the artist envisions, and they are non-toxic so they are completely safe to use. Featuring a thick color consistency with minimal amounts of water, these inks will not fade easily unless you wash them with soap. The Intaglio Inks can be applied with a brayer for relief, monotype, and collagraph printmaking techniques. The product allows you to print on plastic, wood, linoleum, or metal plates, and once it’s dry it’s permanent. Akua offers a range of 25 colors, but more can be derived by using the transparent base, blending medium, and mag mix ink stiffener.


Product Pros & Cons

Artist Likes

  • Easy to work with when wet
  • Stays wet for enough time
  • Non-toxic, non-flammable
  • Thick color consistency
  • Multiple surface/materials coherence
  • Rich and vibrant color

Artist Dislikes

  • Completely unusable when it expires
  • Dry times can be a problem when living in humid areas

Artist generally report satisfaction with Akua Intaglio Inks and the various color choices. They seem to be easy to work with, offer good color results, and unique workability capacity. The fact that these colors are non-toxic and non-flammable makes them suitable for use in classrooms etc. However, the absence of drying agents that is beneficial to some may cause frustration to those living in areas where the humidity of the atmosphere is high. Some report that these colors have not dried even after months! In addition to this, when Akua’s Intaglio Inks expire, they instantly become an unusable thin transparent liquid so pay attention to the expiration date when buying cause a lot of those products stay on the shelf for quite some time before finding their way to a home or design studio.

Final Considerations

This product is a safer and easier to work with alternative to oil-based print inks. Their price is average for what you’re getting, so it can be considered fair. They are environmentally friendly and non-toxic so they are especially suitable for art classrooms. Akua Intaglio Inks are generally odorless, so they can be comfortably used indoors as well. Just check the expiration date and ensure that they’ll last long enough for your needs, cause this soy-based mix won’t stay in good shape long.