Art Supply Junkie – Acrylic Inks & India Ink

Inks

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What are acrylic & India inks?

Both types of ink are highly pigmented and very fluid. Acrylic ink acts like acrylic paint in terms of coverage and finish (kind of glossy & plastic-y), except its viscosity is much more runny than paint. India ink is a traditional writing & printing medium and is now also used a lot for drawing and of course mixed media! India ink is not always waterproof. The brand I use (Bombay India Ink by Dr Ph Martin) is waterproof once dry and it also comes in more colours than just black.

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Why do I love it?

Unlike paint, ink just FLOWS, which is awesome. When you dilute regular paints to make them flow better you dilute the colour too, but inks are fluid with the same amazing concentration of pigment.

I started my love for inks with black India ink. When applied with a brush it is so much easier to make lines and swirls and script writing than it is when you’re using paint. It just flows off the brush very easily.

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It is also really easy to do drips and splatters with ink. You can make splatters either straight from the dropper, with an old toothbrush or by tapping a brush. For drips you simply squeeze the dropper at the top of a page and hold the page at an angle to let the ink run down it. You can use a straw to blow it in different directions. Then finally I love using ink with a dip pen. Instant pretty writing! White acrylic ink is amazing for writing on top of your mixed media artwork.

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Things to try

  • Use a dip pen and do some journaling with it. No special technique, although it’s easier to do when you write in script rather than loose letters
  • Use ink with a brush and paint as you usually would. Acrylic inks are especially nice for this.
  • Splatter & drip to your heart’s content! Experiment with letting the different colour inks flow into each other, or drying the inks between each new application.
  • Write swirly text straight from the dropper applicator
  • Draw shapes with the dropper applicator or make dots

How do you use acrylic ink or India ink in your artwork? Leave a comment to let me know!

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Comments

  1. Oh, what a helpful video!
    I do have a few inks and love them. And I actually bought myself some white ink for the same purpose that you use yours – writing on top of other colors. Unfortunately whatever I bought is not opaque at all and has a strange color. It is supposed to be white but really is more off-white, almost beige-like and … well, I was just SO not happy with it. I will definitely order some of the white ink you suggested and try it out. Thanks for the suggestion.
    In terms of white pens … I know that everyone has their favourite. So far I only tried the white posca pen, but I really do love it!

    Oh, and if you wanna do more episodes, how about doing one about mediums. (Is that mediums or medium.) Anyway, I have it figured out by now but remember that all the differents sort of matt medium, gel medium, heavy medium, ….. (so many out there) just frustrated the heck out of me in the beginning!
    You could also do an episode about markers … or graphite. OMG, I LOVE graphite! Yep, slight obsession there …. *lol*
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    • Thanks Ursula!! Glad you found it helpful. I personally really like the posca pens too. The small round tip (PC1M I think it is) works really well. I’ve ruined nibs on other pens (something by Sakura and also a Sharpie poster paint one) way too easily. The poscas are great as long as the layer underneath is dry. I find the bigger tipped ones a bit more hit and miss. Sometimes the ink doesn’t come out very opaque.

      Oh yes that is such a good idea about mediums!! I remember I had no clue what stuff was for either and there is SO MUCH. Someone else asked about markers but despite my art supply habit I’m not actually much of a marker person! Weird, I know lol.

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