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Choosing the Perfect Letterpress Printing Ink: A Comprehensive Guide

If you’re in the world of letterpress printing, you understand that the choice of ink is crucial to achieving beautiful and timeless results. Among the various options available, letterpress rubber-based printing ink stands out as a top choice for many printers. In this guide, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about letterpress ink, its types, colour options, and why it’s the preferred choice for artisan and fine printing.


Letterpress Printing Ink: An Overview

Letterpress printing ink is specially formulated for use with letterpress printing, a traditional method that creates a tactile, embossed effect on paper. The choice of ink plays a significant role in the outcome of your printed pieces.


Types of Letterpress Printing Ink

  1. Rubber-Based Ink: This is the most common type of ink used in letterpress printing. It consists of pigments or dyes suspended in a rubber-based medium. Rubber-based ink offers excellent consistency and transfer properties, making it ideal for a wide range of applications. It is known for its slow drying time, allowing for more extended working periods. It’s a preferred choice when you require more time to achieve the desired print quality.
  2. Oil-Based Ink: Oil-based letterpress ink is an ink formulation that has stood the test of time. It consists of pigments or dyes suspended in an oil-based medium, typically linseed oil. It has a quicker drying time than rubber-based ink and is suited to most boards, especially coated.
  3. Water-Washable Ink: Water-washable letterpress ink is an eco-friendly option that can be cleaned up easily with water. It’s an excellent choice for environmentally conscious printers.

Letterpress Ink Colours

Letterpress ink is available in a wide array of colours, including:

  • Universal and Pantone Black
  • Several reds, including Warm Red, Rhodamine and 032 Red
  • Lots of blues too, Process Blue, 072 Blue, Reflex Blue
  • Green, Yellow and more
  • Metallic Gold and Silver
  • Fluros
  • Custom Colour Mixing – we can have ink mixed to your own Pantone Colour reference

The choice of colour can significantly impact the overall look and feel of your printed pieces. Custom colour mixing services are available to match your specific design requirements.

Advantages of Letterpress Rubber-Based Printing Ink

  1. Deep Impression: Letterpress printing is renowned for its deep impression, and rubber-based ink helps achieve this tactile effect effortlessly.
  2. Color Vibrancy: The ink produces rich and vibrant colors, making your designs pop on paper.
  3. Versatility: Letterpress ink works well with various paper types, including cotton, textured, and specialty papers.
  4. Longevity: Prints created with letterpress ink are durable and resist fading over time, ensuring your work stands the test of time.


Choosing the Right Supplier

When seeking the best letterpress rubber-based printing ink, partner with a trusted supplier Lyme Bay Press. We offer a wide range of colours and formulations to suit your specific needs. Our commitment to quality ensures that your letterpress projects will shine.

In conclusion, letterpress rubber-based printing ink is an excellent choice for achieving stunning and tactile results in your fine printing projects. Whether you’re crafting wedding invitations, business cards, or fine art prints, the right ink can make all the difference. Explore our range of letterpress ink colours and formulations to elevate your printing endeavours.

Contact Lyme Bay Press today to discuss your letterpress ink requirements, and let us help you bring your creative visions to life.



Ink in 100g Tubes

We’ve listened to you.. and we know that many of our printers don’t want to buy huge 1kg tins of our rubber based and oil based printing inks, so we’ve decided to pop them into tubes for you.  This means that your ink should last much longer in the tubes as the oil based in particular do have a tendency to skin. Our tubes hold 100g of your favourite inks. We have all of the rubber based and oil based on there now as well as the fluorescents and metallics. We even have a letterpress printed swatch of the Fluorescents, in case you wanted to see how they come out, if you would like one regardless, just get in touch and we’ll pop one in th epost, a similar thing for the other ranges will be made up soon too.

Click here to go over to our ink in tubes on the store..

Letterpress Ink in Tubes

Flourescent Inks

Fancy Seeing what the Fluorescent inks look like… well we’re popping one of these in for each Fluro order, or you can contact us if you’d like one before you buy.

Lyme bay Press Flourescent inks

Please know that the colours of the fluorescent inks on screen will not be as vibrant as the printed versions.. that’s monitors for you.