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AQUA WASH

A highly pigmented, water-washable, non-toxic etching ink.

Aqua Wash Ink was released by Charbonnel from the Lefranc and Bourgeois laboratory in April 2010.  Several years were required to establish the perfect stability of the colours and ensure the highest quality: a quality on which Charbonnel’s reputation has been built.

The Charbonnel Aqua Wash range meets all the criteria for “artist” quality inks.  It has high pigmentation concentration identical to that of standard inks, and can be used in all intaglio printing techniques: such as engraving, dry-point, mezzotint, etching and aquatint, as well as monotype and relief-printing techniques such as linocut and wood prints.

Art schools, and an increasing number of print workshops are now searching for water washable solutions (out of concern for safety, the environment, and owing to the toxicity of solvents, recycling issues, etc.). Charbonnel Aqua Wash inks are genuine oily inks for use in all techniques whether etching or relief painting. They must not be confused with water and resin based inks such as gum Arabic or cellulose-tempera based inks that can be “re-softened” and are limited to monotype or relief techniques (linocut, wood engraving).

The binder is composed of several oil emulsions. Its adhesive quality, its flexibility and its yellowing characteristics are identical to those of traditional oils. The only difference being that you can wash hands, materials and tools with…water!

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