Alternative to Solvents in Monotype

Our task was to find non-toxic replacements for solvents used in monotype to create fluid textures, reticulated tones, and marks. We tested many different products on both Akua and oil-based ink, but decided to concentrate on Akua since the oil-based ink was more challenging to get good results. The products we used on both PETG and aluminum plates include: Envirostrip, hot salty water, vinegar, vinegar/baking soda, citric acid, washing soda, and water. Our research has shown that washing soda dissolved in water and just plain water will create a variety of effects within the ink when using a blow dryer and spray bottle- please see the following experiments.

Researchers: Stephanie Motyka and Kristina Key

Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 1 
Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 2 
Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 3
Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 4 
Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 5 
Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 6 
Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 7 
Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 8 
Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 9
Alternative to Solvents in Monotype Akua Test 10