Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Inks!

Very excited by the arrival yesterday of my new Akua water-based inks all the way from Dick Blick in the US. Everybody seems to rave about them and I can't wait to try them out. I guess this indicates a significant step for me towards committing to printmaking.


  1. Hi Amanda,
    I will be interested to see how you like using these inks.
    About your last post, the cloud series is certainly beautiful to look at. Of course would love a closer look :)
    About the press, I have a fly wheel on my ungeared press and find it ok to turn, I also use a friends geared press once a week and some difference, but not that much. I thinks it all depends on the size of press you want to buy. Anything bigger than what I have would be better "geared".
    This is where I got my press from,
    Andrew is a lovely man who knows what he is doing and can answer all your questions. I have the A510 press and I'm very happy with it.

  2. Hi Jo,
    thanks for your comment, especially regarding the press. I have come across Artequip through google, but it is great to hear a personal recommendation. I am going to have to do some serious research before I make a purchase. It seems that second presses are as rare as hens teeth, so it is a big investment. I'd be interested to know whether people find the cheaper options (low $1000's) worthwhile, or is it better to be patient and keep saving for something like your A510?

  3. Can't wait to hear your review of the
    Akua water-based inks. I've been interested in using these myself, but have not yet done so.

    Best regards,


  4. Isn't it a thrill to receive a package of new art materials in the mail? I'll be interested to hear how you find the inks too.

  5. Hi Amanda. I have always had excellent results with the Akua inks - both in my classroom & home studios. I'll be interested to hear what you think of them. Happy printing! Melody

  6. hi Amanda !
    Whwen i read your profile ,it was like reading about myself.I am now 57 , I got cfs in 1994 , are now working as an artist , and must take care of my body ( not do too much ).I was educate in art after i got cfs, and i think the work with art is , that are helping me to get better... So good luck with your press and your artwork.

    Best wishes from Liv , Norway