Derivan Block Ink Medium

May 26, 2011

 

A new product from Derivan for makers of linocuts (and wood block prints)! A new medium and extender, it seems to have great potential for linocuts, especially if you are working in more than colour. I will try to post some pictures to demonstate the different effects.

 

Q. Printing one colour on top of another and want the background colour to show through?

A. Add the medium to the top colour. The top colour will become translucent, allowing some of the background colour to show through. As we know, you print one colour onto another and the top colour will completely cover the lower one. Not any more! No more adding water to the ink, which only dilutes it by weakening the body of the ink.

 Q. How much medium do I add to the upper colour of ink?

A. Up to three parts medium and seven parts ink. More medium than this 3:7 ratio will make the ink translucent, allowing more of the background colour to show through.

Q. Any “side effects” for the rest of the linocutting experience?

A. Adding medium will increase the ink’s “tackiness”, so make appropriate adjustments when inking up the linocut.

Q. Got paint (Matisse Structure Acrylic, of course) on hand and want to turn it into relief printing block ink, especially to create continuity with an existing Derivan block ink?

A. Add medium to the paint. Adding the medium to the paint turns it into ink!

Q. How much medium do I add to the paint?

A. Six parts medium to four parts acrylic paint is recommended. That is, add lots of medium to give a suitable printing ink body to acrylic paint, to create that buttery block ink texture.

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