Wednesday, July 10, 2013
How disappointed am I? Let me count the ways. I have been printing my linoleum prints and collograph prints for a few weeks now using Speedball water based black ink. I thought everything was going along just swimmingly until I tried to add some color using watercolor pencils. Guess what? They smeared all over. Black ink was everywhere.
Ok. So I thought, silly me of course they would smear with water color.
Then I tried collaging with some of them. The acrylic medium I use for collage had the same effect. A mess of black ink everywhere.
Yesterday was the final straw. I had a few pieces I had done that didn't print really well so I thought I would use the other side of them as I sometimes do to save $$$. I never expected the water based acrylic medium to "wake up" the ink on the other side but it did.
I have since found out that Speedball inks don't dry......What??????????
Then I read the reviews on Dick Blick which confirmed it. They do not dry. Now call me crazy but why would you make a product that doesn't dry?
It is really upsetting as I can not use any of these prints for anything. What a waste of time and money.
Speedball. Never again.