Depending on the printmaking technique, the inks may need to be adjusted slightly with one of our modifiers in order to print perfectly. Temperature and humidity, the type of plate, and type of paper all affect how inks perform.
Burnt Plate Oils
Burnt Plate Oils are used to lower the viscosity of the ink. Burnt Plate Oil should be added to inks sparingly, as the detail of a print may be lost if the ink becomes too fluid. Burnt Plate Oil #000 (SDS) has less tack and is a good match for use with Gamblin Relief Inks. Burnt Plate Oil #2 (SDS) has a higher tack and is the primary oil binder for Gamblin Etching Inks.
Tack Reducer is a gel made from a very light drying oil, making it completely compatible with the inks. Small amounts added to ink will efficiently reduce tack. Tack Reducer is transparent to allow the intensity of an inks color to be maintained. SDS
Magnesium Carbonate is traditionally used to stiffen ink. It will also reduce an ink’s gloss level. Once added to ink, Magnesium Carbonate becomes transparent and will not alter the color of the ink. We recommend adding small amounts at a time; little is needed to add body to an ink. Mix well. It can be used with both Etching and Relief Inks. SDS
Gamsol, the safest 100% pure odorless mineral spirit available, enables printmakers to easily modify inks and is great for studio clean-up, eliminating the need for stronger solvents. Gamsol is much safer because harmful aromatic components have been removed. SDS
Our goal is to advance printmaking by providing artists with materials that offer traditional working properties while improving studio safety.
Artists’ studios are immediately safer when artists remove strong solvents, especially turpentine, from their artistic processes. None of our materials require the use of strong solvents. Gamsol odorless mineral spirit is the choice for studio safety in the traditional printmaking studio using oil-based inks.
For more information on Studio Safety and Gamsol, please refer to our Studio Safety page.