Re: [PPLetterpress] Which Ink base is best for what?
- Everybody seems to have preferences for different brands, so you might want
to try out several. NA Graphics sells an eight color set of Graphic Chemical
ink in small tubes, oil base. Daniel Smith also has a starter set of their
oil based ink in 1/4 pound cans or small tubes. Once you figure out what you
like, you can move to the pound cans.
> From: sherrybar@...
> Reply-To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 16:33:56 EDT
> To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [PPLetterpress] Which Ink base is best for what?
> I am a new letterpress printer. I am about to invest in a quantity of ink
> and am interested in which ink is the best one to start with. I will be
> mixing colors and using both lead type, cuts and polymer plates. As far as I
> tell, there are rubber base, oil base, and a Polymer base (Pro-Line PPI). It
> is a substantial sum to get 10 - 15 colors and I want great results. Advise
> please> Sherry B
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- On Sep 5, 2005, at 11:22 PM, Gerald Lange wrote:
> SherryGerald is right, Sherry,
> What kind of work will you be doing? and what kind of press will you
> be printing with? Hard to make recommendations without that
> information. Quality ink is worth the investment, but it might be best
> to know what you will be doing before we can steer you in the right
> You really don't need to buy a lot of colors, just the basic
> primaries, a good black or two, and a good transparent and opaque
> white. And then a little bit more, and a little bit more. But don't
> jump in all at once.
Ink, like paint, is priced according to the amount of pigment, or
conversely, filler, it contains.
You also need to think about the surface that you will be printing on.
The rubber base inks were traditionally preferred by letterpress
printers because they stayed open on the press but dried quickly on
paper. If you print onto certain coated papers or vellums the ink
might be wet several days after printing. Hand litho inks are used by
many because of the intensity of colors. They are also expensive
because they are so highly pigmented. Graphic Chemical also has a line
of perfection palate inks that with a touch of setswell compound print
nicely. Some colors of whatever brand don't mix as well as the
manufactered ink. For example, oranges and purples are hard to mix.
What you should do is buy the basic primaries as was recommended, and
then small amounts of others as needed. Inks or paints are made with
differing pigments so that Cobalt, manganese, and ultramarine blue for
example will be warmer or cooler when mixed with white and would make
very different greens. Try to get small amounts to begin with until
you see what will be the most useful.
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