Introducing AQUA WASH, the new line of extra-fine quality water-washable Charbonnel etching inks! Similar to the traditional solvent-based inks and made with the same pigments, these inks clean up with soapy water. They can be used for all forms of intaglio, lithography, and monotype. All colors are lightfast and permanent once dry. Ideal for students and artists looking for an ink that does not contain solvents and is odorless, non-toxic, and easy to clean. The range consists of 17 colors available in 60ml tubes, three additives, and six blacks available in 60ml tubes.
Francois Charbonnel, a chemist in Paris, opened his family owned business on the banks of the Seine in 1862. His accomplishments in the field of chemistry led him to start a business manufacturing inks and grounds for artistic printing, etching and lithography. When confronted with the development of photography and photochemical processes, Charbonnel and the artists of Paris joined together to defend printmaking from obsolescence. The rediscovery of the lithographic processes enabled printmaking to a make spectacular resurgence in the fine arts. Artists such as Pissaro, Renoir, Degas and Manet led this rebirth and became regular customers of Charbonnel.
Charbonnel ensured the development of his business by working on new techniques of reproduction and on improving the performance of his inks and grounds. Famous designers such as Lautrec and Signac joined the list of his customers. The shop soon became a meeting place for the artists who believed the possibilities offered by etching and lithography were best suited to their art. Celebrated artists such as Dali, Picasso, Chagall and Klee were dedicated customers of the store and confirmed their preference for Charbonnel products. Today, almost 130 years after it was founded, Charbonnel not only continues to provide inks and grounds for etching and lithography, but has expanded its range of products to include gilding, restoration, conservation and fresco painting.