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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.
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.
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.
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!