Gamblin Etching Inks

Gamblin Etching InksGamblin 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.

Black Inks

ColorTemperatureWipingPlate ToneRecommended Use
Portland Black
PBk9, PB29
NeutralEasyModerateHighly recommended for etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint and engraving processes.
Portland Cool Black
PBk7, PBk9, PB29
CoolEasyModerateHighly recommended for etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint and engraving processes.
Portland Stiff Black
PBk9, Pbk29
NeutralModerateModerateRecommended for etching, drypoint, aquatint. Highly recommended for mezzotint and engraving.
Bone Black
PBk9
WarmEasyLightHighly recommended for etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint and engraving processes.
Carbon Black
PBk9
WarmHardHeavyNeeds additives to work well for etching, drypoint, aquatinit, mezzotinit and engraving processes.
Graphite
Natural Graphite
GrayEasyHeavyRecommended for etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint. Needs additives for engraving.
  • Etching Ink Hansa Yellow Light
  • Etching Ink Yellow Ochre
  • Etching Ink Sepia
    Etching Ink Sepia
  • Etching Ink Napthol Red
    Etching Ink Napthol Red
  • Etching Ink Quinacridone Red
  • Etching Ink Dioxazine Purple
  • Etching Ink Ultramarine Blue
    Etching Ink Ultramarine Blue
  • Etching Ink Prussian Blue
    Etching Ink Prussian Blue
  • Etching Ink Phthalo Green
    Etching Ink Phthalo Green
  • White-Ink
    Etching Ink Etching White
  • Transparent-Base-Ink
    Etching Ink Transparent Base
  • Black-Ink
    Etching Ink Portland Black
  • Etching Ink Portland Cool Black
    Etching Ink Portland Cool Black
  • Black-Ink
    Etching Ink Portland Stiff Black
  • Etching Ink Bone Black
  • Black-Ink
    Etching Ink Carbon Black
  • Etching Ink Graphite
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