Akua® Tools & Accessories
Akua represents the same dedication to quality and innovation upon which Speedball was built.
Developed by professional printmaker, Susan Rostow, Akua Inks offer artists an unprecedented printmaking experience.
Akua’s line of tools & accessories continue the philosophy of pushing the limits of traditional printmaking that Akua Liquid Pigment® and Akua Intaglio® began. The Akua Pin Press allows artists without access to a printmaking press the ability to print monotype, drypoint and collagraph images while the Akua Printmaking Plates make for easier incising and a friendlier process through the press than acrylic plates. Tired of the work that comes with tarlatan? Eliminate the prep and the countless intaglio wipes with Akua Wiping Fabric! Select from the drop down menu below to learn more about any of these amazing Akua products or click any of the video listings to see them in action!
Akua Pin Press
The Akua Pin Press is a portable press designed for light pressure printing processes like monotype, drypoint and collagraph and offers an economical alternative to standard printmaking presses. The Pin Press is 20” long, which allows for printing from plates 19 ¾” or smaller, and is precisely-machined to provide uniform contact between roller, plate and paper.
See the stunning results that are possible with the Akua Pin Press in any of the videos listed below:
Akua Printmaking Plates
Akua Printmaking Plates are made from 100% crystal clear PETG plastic and are ideal for Monotype, Carborundum, Collagraph, Drypoint and ImagOn Photopolymer Film. Suitable for use with any water- or oil-based ink. Available in sizes ranging from 5”x7” to 22.5”x30.5”, these high-quality plates are durable, friendly through the press and easy to clean.
Watch Akua’s Printmaking Plates at work in any of the videos listed below:
Akua Wiping Fabric
Akua Wiping Fabric is ideal for removing excess ink from the surface of all types of Intaglio/Etching, Drypoint, Collagraph, and Photopolymer plates. Its polyester construction makes it much softer than tarlatan and wipes plates clean much for efficiently. Durable, long-lasting and lint-free, Akua Wiping Fabric is available in a 10ydx19” size and is the perfect addition to any print studio.
Akua Wiping Fabric is featured in a number of our Akua Printshop Channel’s videos. Select from any of the video links above or watch how an Intaglio wipe can be a breeze with Wiping Fabric in the video below: