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.
Is this a better way than just using normal etching ink on a
It is just another option. So if you have oil paint already you can use it and also you can use the colours you can get in oil paint.
The info on the tube about inflammability is somewhat
alarming – what exactly does it mean?
Apologies for the alarm. It seems it is a standard warning for them but is nothing to worry about.
Any cloth soaked with a drying oil, like linseed oil, can catch fire if all the right conditions are met. You are unlikely to meet these conditions using one tube of medium, as the main conditions are lots of oily rags like you might get if you were oiling a yacht with 20 litres of oil and piling up a large mound of scrunched up oily rags. As they dry by oxidation thier drying might generate some heat and that pile could catch fire.
The tube of medium will never catch fire nor any work printed with it, any more than a tube of oil paint or an oil painting would.
Any oil soaked rag should be hung on a line without any creases to dry thoroughly, with air circulating freely around it. A bit of medium on a rag is nothing to worry about.
What does the print medium contain? What does it add to
oil paint to make it suitable for printing? Why can’t you just
print with oil paint?
It is a consistency issue.
Oil paint is too soft and smooth. You don’t get good results when you print directly with oil colours, because you cannot get clear lines and crisp prints – it does not have the correct body consistency.
By adding the medium, made of linseed stand oil, linseed oil & damar varnish, you modify the consistency of the oil colour and give it a more tacky character so your oil colour becomes a printable colour.
Add the medium 1:1 to the oil colour.
can one use this product to make monotypes printed
Yes, the purpose of the medium is just to make the paint into the right consistency similar to printmaking inks.
If you try it do let us know how you got on!
Would this medium work with water mixable oils or is there a
medium for these to allow them to be used for intaglio. Or
could you just add water to them?
Yes you could use this medium with water mixable oils. Don’t just add water; the consistency will be wrong for print!
What paper is used for printing with
oils? Will linseed oil eventually
yellow? Thinking of mono prints thanks
If the layer of ink is thin it will not yellow on printmaking papers. Zerkall, Southbank, Fabriano Rosaspina are some of many printmaking papers that would work well for mono prints.
We highly recommend using oil based printing ink or mixing oil paints with a printing medium such as the one by Schmincke or Daler Rowney Georgian Block Printing Medium, as they make the oil paint tacky – a good consistency for print.
After using the printmaking medium, can you
paint over this with normal oil paints. I’d like
to incorporate printmaking techniques while
painting. Thank you.
The print medium by Schmincke is made from a mixture of stand oil, linseed oil and dammar resin. They are all the same ingredients you’d find in many oil painting mediums. So it is all fully compatible.
Hope that helps.
I’d like to incorporate printing into my oil
and cold wax paintings. When my oil and
wax is dry am I able to print over the
top? I’d like to add more details and
interest to my paintings.Thankyou Fiona
That should be fine, using this oil paint medium or oil-based inks will work on top of an oil painting.
Have you read the article on Cold Wax painting? Sally Hirst is also a printmaker.
SALLY HIRST COMPARES COLD WAX MEDIUMS