You can easily change any oil paint into an oil-based printing ink by adding the Print Medium for Relief and Intaglio developed by Schmincke.
The resulting ink works well for intaglio printmaking techniques (etching, engraving, drypoint, etc) and relief printmaking techniques (linocuts and woodcuts).
Intaglio Printing in Oil using the Schmincke Print Medium for Relief and Intaglio
You will need:
• A plate of copper, other metal or plastic on which you have created an intaglio image (etching, engraving, drypoint, etc.)
• Schmincke Print Medium for Relief and Intaglio
• Good quality oil colour such as Schmincke Mussini
• Paper, suitable for intaglio printing, such as Hahnemuhle Etching Paper
• Plastic bag large enough for the paper
• Spray bottle filled with water
• Glass plate for ink rolling
• Ink roller
• Printing press
• Spatula or pallet knife
• Gauze and old newspaper (advertising brochures are especially suitable)
• Heating plate (or radiator)
• Solvent-resistant disposable gloves (nitrile gloves)
• Cleaning agent with solvents
• Washing-up liquid
Printing Your Etched Plate:
Dampen the paper.
Warm your tools and materials.
Mix and apply ink.
Wipe the plate.
Put inked plate and paper in press and print.
Pull your print!
Some intaglio printing results:
This technique is much easier as it works like the typical linoprint. Mix one part of the medium with one part of the oil colour. Apply the oil colour and Print Medium mixture with a roller onto the linoprinting plate and the printing process can start as usual – with a printing press or by hand.
Click on the underlined link to go to the current offers on the Schmincke Print Medium for Relief and Intaglio on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.
Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses is free for orders of £39.