Saturday, May 15, 2010

Getting Started in Printmaking; Caligo 'Safe Wash' Non-toxic Water-Washup Etching Inks

Welcome to my blog on getting started in printmaking.

Caligo Safe Wash' etching inks are a revolutionary printmaking product introduced to the market in 2005 by the Caligo Ink Factory who have been making inks for over 30 years. The inks are used primarily for etching, aquatint, line etc and are also suitable for collagraph, lino and relief printing.Caligo Safe Wash inks are oil-based inks that can be cleaned with soap and water without the use of harmful solvents. This ink range is the only oil based etching ink on the market that can be easily cleaned up with liquid hand soap or detergent and water.

Getting started in printmaking is now a safer choice for printmaking artists because the Caligo Ink Factory has worked hard to achieve the ISO 14001 Quality standard for the environment and make their inks with pigments that are free of toxic heavy metals like Chrome or Lead.
The inks handle beautifully just like a tradition oil based ink and comes in a fantastic range of colours.
I recommend that you use lightly damped paper and in some cases dry paper to print. The inks do not contain any driers you can add a small amount of cobalt or manganese driers if desired.
The inks are available in 75 & 150 ml tubes and 250 & 500 gm tins.

Happy Printmaking!
Jo Lankester

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P.P.S What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.
Anthony Robins

Caligo Safe Wash Etching Inks - Carbon Black, 500 gCaligo Safe Wash Etching Inks - Carbon Black, 500 g


  1. Hello Jo
    its not the first time i have been here on your blog . I was wondering if you know of a way or can think of a way to make the Caligo ink not dry so quickly because I have been trying to use them for monoprinting and am not having much success.I would truly appreciate your thoughts on this. thank you Aine

  2. Hi Aine,
    Try adding a few drops a clove oil. This will retard the drying time.
    Best of luck, Jo

  3. Hi Aine,
    Try adding a few drops a clove oil. This will retard the drying time.
    Best of luck, Jo

  4. Have you had any trouble pulling an even impression when the weather is cold? I am using them for linocuts with my etching press and I can't seem to get an even impression regardless of the amount of ink or the pressure. I'm wondering if my studio is too cold and maybe I should get a space heater. Any thoughts? Thanks!