Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring has sprung and much excitement is on the horizon for Akua. We have had quite a year so far and we are not slowing down anytime soon. From producing a new Akua Printshop YouTube video, hosting workshops at our Brooklyn Studio, kicking off of the Artist Demo Pilot Program and planning a New York Gallery Exhibition, we have packed in quite a bit over the past few months. 

In this newsletter, we highlight Drypoint Printmaking. If you love to draw, doodle or make marks this may be the process for you.  Drypoint involves scratching into the surface of the printing plate with tools which may be as easy to use as pens and pencils. It's "almost" that simple. You can learn how by watching our new video, "Drypoint Printmaking Up Close", where I demonstrate creating a drypoint print from start to finish. For further instructions please consider participating in a hands-on workshop at my Brooklyn Studio. 

It has been a pleasure for me to see so many printmakers doing amazing things with Akua during our search for demo artists for the Akua Demo Artist Pilot Program.
The decision was not easy to make as we were able to choose only 11 throughout the USA and Canada.  
Akua Demo Artists were selected based on their talent, Akua working knowledge, teaching and technical experience as well as the location in which they reside. The purpose of this program is to answer the needs of our retailers to hold demos at local art supply stores. Our goal is to expand the program in the future, so we would encourage anyone who is interested to stay connected for new opportunities.
We have many exciting events on the horizon and are always planning ways to build upon the strengths we have as a printmaking community. We love to hear from printmakers, so please share your ideas and consider posting your images on our Akua Facebook page.
Have a great spring, and I hope to see you at the opening of the "Pushing The Limits" exhibition at Central Booking OffLINE Gallery in New York City, May 14 - June 8. More details about the exhibition will be included in an upcoming announcement. 

Susan Rostow
Inventor of Akua Inks & Products

Drypoint Printmaking Up Close with Akua Inks
Drypoint Printmaking Up Close with Akua Inks

See up close how a drypoint plate is created and printed. Using a variety of drypoint tools, Susan Rostow, Inventor of Akua Inks, creates her image on an Akua Printmaking Plate. The image is then printed using Akua IntaglioTM Inks and Wiping Fabric. Discover how these unique tools set drypoint apart from other printmaking techniques.
Susan Rostow at Wet Paint Art Supply in St. Paul, MN

The Akua Demo Artist Program is comprised of working artists/printmakers across a rage of techniques who possess extensive knowledge of Akua Inks and products. While each of our artist's employ their own distinct styles and specific techniques in which they specialize, there is one element that remains constant-- each are able to create prints with Akua Inks, which reflect the quality and unlimited potential found within each of the products within our IntaglioTM and Liquid PigmentTM lines.

Akua Inks
Speedball Art

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