Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Speedball Catastrophe

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.


Numinosity said...

What a hard way to learn that lesson. sounds like inferior inks. Why indeed?

Thread Born said...

It's been a long time since I used the water soluble Speedball inks. Guess I also never new that they didn't dry. These days I use fabric paint. Don't know how that would work with the collographs, but I have printed on paper with them. Setacolor passively sets after a week.-Julie

Karen Isaacson said...

how frustrating! I have some of this ink and keep thinking I need to really give it a try with gelatin printing. maybe I won't even bother.

Barb Fernald said...

I don't do any printing, but this just sounds wrong. Inks that don't dry? WTH?

Cathy Savage said...

I like Akua. You can add watercolors to them without issue, but they take a long time to try and actually will always rub off a little. I frame stuff, but when making cards you just get a little ink transfer on your hands, not smearing or anything. The irony is that Speedball just bought Akua. Good luck.