Speedball's® heritage in printmaking began over 75 years ago by pioneering the manufacturing of water-based inks. Since that time, Speedball has become a true one-stop-shop for all things block printing, offering the broadest range of inks, surfaces, tools & accessories and block printing kits available on the market today.
As a pioneer in the formulation and manufacturing of high-quality screen printing supplies, Speedball® proudly provides screen printers of all ages and skill levels all that's needed to explore their creative processes. From inks, modifiers and fluids to squeegees & frames, Speedball leads the industry in creating products that combine superior performance with value. Whether you're just starting out with one of our all-in-one kits or a screen printer wanting to add our selection of our pro tools & accessories to your studio, Speedball is the only resource you need to find all things screen printing.
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. Formulated to dry through absorption, not evaporation, Akua Inks remove any time constraints from the creative process since the inks will only dry once printed into the fibers of the paper. Akua Inks also eliminate the need to handle toxic solvents as both our Akua Intaglio and Akua Liquid Pigment lines clean up easily with soap and water. These ground-breaking inks are made from the highest quality, lightfast pigments, and are complemented by seven modifiers, giving artists the utmost flexibility to experiment with the inks’ viscosity and transparency. Susan’s commitment to developing materials that transformed traditional printmaking didn’t end with inks, however. The creation of tools, accessories and mediums like the Akua Pin Press, Akua Wiping Fabric, and Akua’s most recent addition, Akua Carborundum Gel, continue to revolutionize the way printmakers can create.
The result of a dynamic partnership between Speedball® and a historic paper mill located near the city of Arnhem, Schut Papier, Arnhem 1618® Printmaking Paper offers a semi-smooth surface with a substantial feel to the touch.Learn More
Speedball’s® over century-long tradition for fine pen-making started in 1899, when the C. Howard Hunt Pen Company began manufacturing and distributing steel pens. Nearly two decades later, in 1913, Hunt sought to improve upon the functionality of the lettering tools of the day and joined forces with master letterers Ross F. George and William H. Gordon in 1913 to contrive and perfect a nib with a reservoir. It was nicknamed “Speedball” because of the efficiency of the pen, which cut working time in half. Since that time, the Speedball name has become synonymous with high-quality pen nibs. In addition, Speedball now proudly manufactures a suite of complementary products. From pen holders to dip inks & cleaners to calligraphy markers and fountain pens, Speedball offers the broadest range of supplies designed specifically for your drawing & lettering works.
We are proud to now have the Best-Test® brand and all related products as a part of the Speedball® portfolio. "It all started with a little red can" in 1919 and since then, fine & commercial artists, educators, crafters and designers have relied on the premium quality of Best-Test products. Today, Best-Test is known worldwide for its acid-free Paper Cement and Bestine® Solvent & Thinner. We are thrilled to now be manufacturing these high-quality products and to be able to provide another great line to our valued customers.
Speedball® has spent over a decade dedicated to providing ceramic artists of all ages and skill levels with an impressive range of high-quality products. From underglazes & glazes to pottery wheels, bats and stools, Speedballs' entire line of ceramics products is the ultimate combination of performance and value.
The Bienfang® story began with humble roots in a loft in New York City in 1926. Since that time, Bienfang has developed a rich history and strong tradition for producing quality art papers for artists, educators, students and designers. Led by an impressive offering of fine art papers, sketching & tracing tools, calligraphy pads and watercolor papers, Bienfang is committed to offering excellent paper without a premium price.
Metal leafing is a time-honored craft that can be seen throughout history in the decoration of art ranging from icons and statues to paintings, mixed media, ceramics and jewelry. Speedball® is proud to offer a diverse range of leaf, adhesives and tools to suit any artist's vision and budget.
Speedball's® Studio Essentials offering further exemplifies our desire to be the ultimate resource for artists across the most diverse range of techniques and processes. Featuring items ranging from acrylic paints & mediums to image transfer materials, palettes & Art Board® to our renowned Pink Soap™, Speedball Studio Essentials boasts the broadest mix of the high-quality necessities your workspace requires.