Vegetal ink prints

Print made with vegetal ink.

Passionate about nature, art, and illustration, we always want to share with our community, our passion. Through illustrations which are exhib in our shop.

As Cuemars stand up for sustainability and eco-products. There was no avoiding this question: « What type of art techniques are used to protect the environment? »

And we had an answer which is: « The use of vegetal ink! »

Vegetal_Ink

In order to intensify the brightness and the texture of the ink. The Mineral ink use for prints is made with pigments and mineral oil.
Nevertheless, for some of these pigments, we can find some solvent produced with petrol. Of course, it’s not inconsequential for the planet.
The chemical substance created by the mineral ink and the pigment pollutes. Because of the production of the chemical effect.
For more raftetails this is the composition of the mineral ink:

Pigment

15 – 25 %

Mineral oils

30 – 40 %

Drying resin

10 – 20 %

Hard resin

15 – 30 %

Wax and plasticiser

0,5 – 2 %

Dry components

0,2 – 2 %

Information from: http://cerig.pagora.grenoble-inp.fr/memoire/2000/encres-vegetales.html

So, through our research to find an answer to our problematic, Progressively, we find an alternative which is the vegetal ink that replaces the mineral ink.
This is made with the renewable raw material, which is vegetal as oil, for example :
Soya oil or linseed oil. Or else, resin extract from pine.
For more details this is the composition of the vegetal oil ink :

40-80% of oil or resin
15-25% of pigments, which are a synthetic product but biodegradable
0-3% additives
2-4% Siccatif

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Consequently, there are benefits for the environment  for instance :

First of all, using the vegetal oil ink, allow a good transfer of pigment, it means the colors are shiner and more intense.

Moreover, thanks to a better stability between the ink and the water, its resistance is more important on some papers.

In addition, about its composition the vegetable oil ink the pigment is not made up of heavy metal.

Moreover a decrease of the ink consumption and paper, a better recyclability and a reduction of VOCs emissions.

To conclude, if you are intrigued by a realisation of a print with vegetal ink.
Come to our shop and see our vintage prints based on the vegetal ink.