Gamblin Etching Ink
Why would a relief printmaking supply company carry etching ink? Because many of our customers use Solarplates and Resingrave as both relief and intaglio plates, and because etching ink is often used in monotype printmaking. So we decided it makes sense to carry the full line of Gamblin printmaking inks and modifiers.
Robert Gamblin formulated these etching inks at the request of printmakers in the Pacific Northwest who wanted strong, reliable inks for edition printing. Because of their high pigment load, Gamblin Etching Inks are a much better value than lower priced etching inks filled with extenders.
These high tack, buttery inks wipe easily and print with intensity, purity of color and brilliant undertones. White is the only opaque pigment. The other pigments are bright and transparent or semi-transparent. All of the pigments are lightfast and will not change or fade over time.
When it comes to cleaning up, most of the ink can be easily wiped away with a dry cloth. Any residue can then be removed with a small amount of Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits.
Clean up with Gamsol
If you use mineral spirits, use the safest kind. Gamsol is highly purified 100% odorless mineral spirits, distilled at high temperatures and purified of all aromatic components.
Some artists think odorless mineral spirits are more toxic because you cannot smell them. This is not true. Odorless mineral spirits are less toxic because the harmful aromatic solvents have been removed. By using odorless mineral spirits, you cut down on your exposure to harmful solvent vapors significantly.
Gamsol evaporates 100% and leaves no sticky residue. It has a much higher flash point than turpentine or hardware store mineral spirits and evaporates much more slowly than other solvents which means you are breathing in much less of it while you are working.
While used rags should still be stored in metal containers, Gamsol has a much higher flash point than turpentine or hardware store mineral spirits so it is safer in the studio. In fact, with a flash point of 145°F (63°C) Gamsol is safe to ship by air as well as UPS Ground with no restrictions and no extra shipping charges.
About Gamblin Artists Colors
Gamblin Artists Colors in Portland, Oregon is world famous for their professional quality oil colors.
Since 1980, Robert Gamblin has been formulating traditional, pure, linseed oil artists colors for artists and conservators. He designed new production machinery that allows the incorporation of an extraordinary amount of pigment into the base, improving texture and creating luscious, intense, rich artist's colors. This same skill and attention to quality was applied to creating Gamblin Etching Inks and now Gamblin Relief Inks.
Archival should be Robert Gamblin's middle name. For him, permanence is measured in centuries and every product he develops must meet that goal. Nothing has been added that could possibly compromise the archival quality of this ink.