Gamblin Artists Colors

Etching InksGamblin Etching Inks

Gamblin Etching Inks were formulated at the request of professional printmakers in the Pacific Northwest who wanted strong reliable inks for edition printing. The palette of pure intense pigments offers a broad range of color mixing potential.

Five black inks and Graphite were formulated to meet the demands of printmakers who want deep rich black inks with good working characteristics. Portland Black and Portland Cool Black are ideal for edition printing; both offer a strong line and medium plate tone. For engravers, printers of mezzotints, or others who need more resistance from their ink, Portland Stiff Black is also available. To read more about selecting the Black ink most suited to your printmaking process, read our latest newsletter here.

Gamblin Etching Inks are all bound in the highest quality Burnt Plate Oil.

 

 

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Hansa Yellow Light: Hansa Yellow Light is a cool yellow. Cleaner in masstone, brighter in tint and more transparent than a Cad Yellow Light. Excellent for mixing intense oranges and greens.

Pigment: Arylide yellow (PY 3)
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 3, SEMI-TRANSPARENT, MSDS

Yellow Ochre: Clay and silica colored with various kinds of iron oxides, ochre has been used in art-making media since earliest history. Muted earthy yellow brown with good hiding power and muted tint.

Pigment: Natural hydrated iron oxide (PY 43)
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 1, SEMI-TRANSPARENT, MSDS

Sepia: Sepia is a rich warm earth color in both its' masstone and transparency.

Pigment: Bone Black (PBk9), Transparent Mars Red (PR101)
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 2, OPAQUE, MSDS

Napthol Red: Modern organic warm red that closely matches Cadmium Red Medium in masstone. Makes more intense tints, more transparent.

Pigment: Napthol AS-D (PR112)
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 2, SEMI-TRANSPARENT, MSDS

Quinacridone Red: Cool lightfast modern red with high key tint. Useful in place of Alizarin Crimson where more intense masstone and mixtures are desired.

Pigment: Quinacridone red b (PV19)
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 3, TRANSPARENT, MSDS

Dioxazine Purple: A cold color with the strongest tinting strength and deepest transparency of all pigments, modern Diox is useful as a high key tint. This purple is so strong that some use it as a black. Diox makes a cold intense tint.

Pigment: Carbazol dioxazine (PV 23)
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 3, TRANSPARENT, MSDS

Ultramarine Blue: Ultra Blue is one of the few mineral colors that is completely transparent. Lightfast with moderate tinting strength.

Pigment: Complex silicate of sodium & aluminum with sulfur (PB 29)
Vehicle: Burn Plate Oil
Series 2, TRANSPARENT, MSDS

Prussian Blue: First synthetic color of the Industrial Revolution, discovered by accident in 1704 while a chemist was trying to formulate artificial crimson. Warm blue with more muted tint than Phthalo Blue. It has a high tinting strength, is lightfast, and is especially beautiful in its transparency.

Pigment: Ferri-ammonium ferrocyanide (PB 27:1)
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 2, SEMI-TRANSPARENT, MSDS

Phthalo Green: A dark bluish green more closely resembles Verdigris than Viridian. First manufactured in 1927, Phthalo Green has a very high tinting strength and transparency.

Pigment: Chlorinated copper phthalocyanine (PG 7)
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 2, TRANSPARENT, MSDS

Etching White: An opaque white useful in creating tints.

Pigment: Titanium dioxide (PW 6), zinc oxide (PW 4)
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 1, OPAQUE, MSDS

Transparent Base: Transparent Base can be added to ink to increase transparency of a color while maintaining the inks stiffness and tack.

Pigment: Calcium Carbonate
Vehicle: Burnt Plate Oil
Series 1, TRANSPARENT, MSDS

Black Inks

  Color Wiping Plate Tone Recommendations For Use
Portland Black
PBk9, PB29
Neutral Easy Moderate Highly recommended for etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint and engraving processes.
Portland Cool Black
PBk7, PBk9, PB29
Cool Easy Moderate Highly recommended for etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint and engraving processes.
Portland Stiff Black
PBk9, Pbk29
Neutral Moderate Moderate Recommended for etching, drypoint, aquatint. Highly recommended for mezzotint and engraving.
Bone Black
PBk9
Warm Easy Light Highly recommended for etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint and engraving processes.
Carbon Black
PBk9
Warm Hard Heavy Needs additives to work well for etching, drypoint, aquatinit, mezzotinit and engraving processes.
Graphite
Natural Graphite
Gray Easy Heavy Recommended for etchging, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint. Needs additives for engraving.