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There’s something special about an etching. The natural indentation made in soft paper by the printing plate and the detail achievable by fine lines give a unique result that can be ‘delicious to the eye’.  Of course, using the right ink can enhance the very finest etchings. We offer a choice of two distinct formulations of etching ink.
  • Caligo Safe Wash

    Oil-based and washable - Artist quality etching inks for non-toxic printmaking

    For anyone who wants solvent-free cleaning, this unique range of etching inks can be washed away with liquid soap and water. Suitable for all types of intaglio printing e.g. etching, aquatint and line engraving.

    This range does not contain any driers. For faster drying rates, add a small amount of cobalt or manganese driers.
    We always select lightfast pigments for our formulations. All our inks are rated 6 or higher on the International Blue Wool Scale.
  • Traditional Etching Inks

    A consistently reliable formulation - provides rich prints from all types of Intaglio plates

    As well as highly pigmented formulations, Cranfield traditional etching inks also benefit from a careful mix of traditional linseed oils. These are chosen and blended to provide a viscosity and structure to the ink – along with that unique linseed smell. This keeps the etching as fresh and bright as the day it was created.

    We always select light fast pigments for our formulations. All our inks are rated 6 or higher on the International Blue Wool Scale.