Cranfield Caligo, Safe Wash Relief Ink, 75ml Tube, Black, BKCN1860

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Cranfield Caligo, Safe Wash Relief Ink, 75ml Tube, Black, BKCN1860

Cranfield Caligo, Safe Wash Relief Ink, 75ml Tube, Black, BKCN1860

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This post is all about choosing the best ink but I've got lots of information if you want to learn some specific techniques and tips for lino printing on fabric. Once fully dried you can wash the printed fabric and the image should stay fast and not wash out. Our own tests on cotton and poly-cotton fabric support this. If the image washes out excessively or bleeds then your inked image was either not completely dry or it may be that the textile was not suitable. A small addition of driers may help. Anyway, I highly recommend Caligo Safe Wash Relief inks. They’re a fantastic alternative to traditional oil-based inks as far as safety and clean up goes, and superior to water-based inks in their working properties. The only thing I Really wish for is for Cranfield to add some metallics to their Caligo Safe Wash line. They have a gorgeous oil-based gold ink in their traditional oil-based line and I’d love to be able to get it in a water clean-up version.

Ink the linocut in the normal way. Print as an etching. You’ll need to adjust the height of the gap between the roller and etching table to accommodate the linocut – try a few test prints to achieve the optimum pressure to give a strong, even print. It’s weird that you’ve experienced issues with the inks not drying. What type of paper are you printing on? The results are so good people have asked me if I've used oil printing inks for my lino cuts. I use up to ten colours in my prints and it makes exceptional prints on Somerset paper. Humidity and temperature will also affect the drying time of oil-based inks. It can help to place the prints in an area with good air circulation and lower humidity. They’ll dry faster at warmer temperatures as well. I’ve read that you can speed up the process somewhat by using a hair dryer on low, but I’ve never tried it. What are your thoughts on the water-soluble inks and oil-paints? Have you tried any of them? Tell me below in the comments!When applied in very thin layers, this ink works alright with linoleum. They also sell an extensive array of ink modifiers (transparent base, mag mix, etc.) to work with. I could see using this on a case-by-case basis, but it wouldn't be me goto linocut ink.

NOTE: Protect your Blanket: On thin fabric the ink may penetrate all the way through and mark your blanket when you print. So remember – always protect your blankets with a couple of sheets of tissue paper before you print. Some printers like to wash and dry their fabric first to give the most receptive surface for printing. Printing with a press will always give the densest, most even ink transfer for your fabric prints but you can still achieve pleasing results printing by hand. Yes, it's an intaglio ink but it works just fine for relief printing right out of the tube. Similar to Caligo but a little more expensive and smelly.

While also oil-based, it's made to clean up easily (like Caligo's ink) and comes in a wide spectrum of colors. Speedballrolls out nicely and produces crisp images on t-shirts and other fabrics. On the downside, I find the smell a little unpleasant while I'm working with it. After it dries (up to 7 days), it washes well but there will be some slight fading over time. I'm sorry, but it worked terribly for me and I tried several different colors.Thankfully, it's very hard to buy for those of us in the US. Note – the pigmented ink is being ‘absorbed’ onto the fabric fibres rather than being ‘absorbed’ into the fibres as per fabric ‘dyes’.

The key is patience and giving sufficient time for the fabric print to dry fully before attempting to excessively rub or wash. Less absorbent fabrics will, we think, take longer to dry and will be more liable to smudge whilst waiting to fully dry as more of the ink will be left to sit on the top of the fibres rather than soak into them. In this case adding extra driers may help. Oil-based ink for all relief techniques including woodcut, linocut, monotype, engraving and Solarplate If you are intending to wear (e.g. a scarf) or handle the printed fabric (e.g. as a cushion) or it’s likely to be exposed to the elements (e.g. a pennant or flag) – then we’d advise you wash the printed fabric before using. This way the washed fabric has the best chance to remain smudge resistant – even if you may lose a little colour on first wash. Although – as you see – the results on cotton are good. If any stubborn patches of ink remain, dry the surface with a paper towel, work in more soap and wash again. I haven’t been really happy with the water-based printing inks I’ve been using. They’re way better than traditional oil-based inks. They’re non-toxic, much easier to clean up and you don’t need to use solvents, which makes them much safer, particularly in a home-based studio.We would recommend you use our Safe Wash RELIEF Inks on fabric as these have some driers already added. If you need to speed up dry times, then you can add a drop of cobalt or manganese driers to your ink and mix well. Printing – with or without a press ? All discounts against RRP are made against the United Kingdom Recommended Retail Price (RRP). Unless specified, offers and vouchers are not valid on products which are already discounted from RRP, gift vouchers, books and from the I LOVE ART range.

|Reminder: It’s important to remember that we’ve designed our inks so that while they are wet, you can wash them out with just soap and water without the need for toxic solvents. Also great if you want to wash out and recycle your tarlatans and perfect for washing away the odd spot of ink on your hands or clothes while you work!We’ve also hand printed successfully (on a hard surface) with a simple ‘traditional’ Rubber Stamp. Drying / Washing If the fabric has a rough, woven texture and you want a more solid ink coverage that reaches ‘into the dips’- then you may need the help of a mechanical press with higher pressures.

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