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  • Amsterdam Acrylic Inks - Available Now!

    What are the Amsterdam Acrylic Inks like?

    What are Acrylic Inks?

    Acrylic inks are in-between materials – you can use and think of them as liquid acrylic paint, or thicker watercolours, however the big difference is that once they are dry, they are permanently dry! We are really excited as this year (2018) we have finally got them listed on iartsupplies!

    The Royal Talens Amsterdam Acrylic Inks have 46 different colours (metallic and fluorescent as well!) that are just the same as the acrylic markers, spray paint and acrylic paint the brand does, making the colours fully interchangeable

    What are the properties of Amsterdam Acrylic Inks?

    • Acrylic ink is the closest in to the Amsterdam Acrylic Markers. They are more liquid than regular acrylic paint, but thicker than watercolour or ecoline
    • Brilliant & Vibrant colours with intense pigments
    • Waterproof once dried
    • Water based and can be mixed with other water based paints
    • Highly Lightfast
    • Odourless
    • Can be combined with Amsterdam acrylic paint, spray paint or markers, as the pirments are the same used in each paint type
    • Can be used on different grounds like paper, canvas, cardboard, wood, plastic and metal (if primed first)
    • Good for pours

    Techniques / How to use

    Drawing / painting 

    Acrylic inks can be used as any other regular ink or paint, with dip pens or with the drop.
    As they dry waterproof, you can easily create layers of lines and washes, as they will remain visible under the fresh layers. Why not try using a dip pen with acrylic ink? Its is also a good idea if you want to write / draw with mixed colours!

    Make marks with a brayer

    Another good idea by Kim Dellow is to use a brayer to make different patterns with acrylic inks.

    Why not Print on fabric/paper?

    Yes, acrylic inks are even suitable for printmaking, whether the surface is regular paper or fabric!

    Washes

    Acrylic inks are also suitable for traditional watercolour techniques like washes. However, due to its different properties, acrylic inks make it possible for the lower layers to stay visible.

    Drops/splatters/ spraying water

    As Acrylic inks stay waterproof after they dry, you can create nice layers of drops and splashes that will stay visible even if you add more layers or spray the surface with water.
    Also a nice technique to try and add water to the inks once they are on the surface - or perhaps to spray them with water which creates nice patterns and washes. To further experiment, you can try to spread the inks or water.

    Pours/ Cells effect

    Acrylic inks are excellent for pours and creating cell effect. Mix each colour with a few drops of silicone and floetrol and pour them in the same cup one by one. Place the canvas (surface) on top of the cup and flip. Wait for a few minutes before lifting up the cup, and just let the ink flow. If it doesn't cover the whole area, just help it by lifting the surface a little. If you add silicone, it will help the colours to separate, creating interesting cell-like patterns.

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  • Investigating Ink: What you should be using and how.

    Talking about ink

    We get a lot of questions from our customers about products, so we would like to use our blog as a place where we give you more information about the art materials we supply and what they can be used for.  When selecting which ink to use it can be difficult to understand which you should select, especially when you are trying to choose between two black inks, like drawing or Indian ink.  So to help clear things up we’ve put this article together to help you understand which ink you want to select for your projects!

    Which ink should I choose?

    There are various types of ink which you can buy, and the one you select for your work will depend upon factors such as application, what ground you are working on, what effect you are hoping to achieve and possibly how the work is going to be seen by your audience.

    Dye based inks 

    Dye based inks are produced using a series of soluble dyes in solution, often shellac.  Dye based inks should be used when the main aim is the purest, most vivid colour.  However, dye based colour has a lower lightfastness and so is better for work which will be kept in protected conditions such as a sketchbook or portfolio rather than on permanent display where the colour will deteriorate faster over time with exposure to light.  Shellac Dye based inks are usually water resistant, and produce the best effects when used on paper, Bristol or illustration board and when used with dip pens or brushes.   Dye based inks are not recommended for use with fountain pens as the particle size of the dyes may cause clogging and damage the nib.

    iartsupplies sells three ranges of dye-based inks, the Ecoline liquid watercolour ink range in which all colours are dye based except for the white and the gold, the Waterproof Drawing ink except for the white and black colours and the Dr Ph Martins Radiant Inks.  The exceptions in the ranges are both pigment based and have improved lightfastness as a result.   With the black drawing ink, choose this when you want a black which will provide you with a greater possibility for shading work and gradations of the colour as opposed to Indian Ink.  The Ecoline and Radiant inks do not contain shellac and are not waterproof, but the Drawing ink is once dry.

     

    Here are some ideas to get you started with Ecoline inks:

    http://stampingmathilda.blogspot.nl/2007/02/ecoline-and-stamping.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E64Nr00uJ1s

     

    Acrylic Inks

    Acrylic Inks such as Daler Rowney FW are made using pigments the same way that paint is.  These inks are best for those of you who need a fluid versatile colour with the highest possible lightfastness.  Compared to dye based inks, Acrylic inks have slightly less colour intensity but due to the better lightfastness are less likely to fade.   Acrylic inks are waterproof and permanent once they dry and you can mix them with any acrylic paint and acrylic mediums giving them great versatility!

    Acrylic inks work best on paper, board and canvas, but will also take on plastics, wood and ceramics.  If you choose these inks you should use a brush, dip pen or a technical pen or airbrush.  Acrylic inks are also great for stamping, screen printing, fabric printing and stencilling.

    Read what art bloggers think about FW Acrylic Inks:

    http://judyperez.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/you-have-got-to-try-these.html

     

    Indian Ink

    Black Indian ink is mostly used as a drawing ink.  Indian ink is generally produced using lampblack pigment combined with a gum binder and which becomes liquid when mixed with water.

    Indian Ink got its name from the fact that the materials used to make it were originally sourced on the sub-continent, but you may also hear it referred to as Chinese ink, as that was the country where great use was originally made of it, around  3000 BC.  Indian Ink is most generally sold in liquid forms in bottles.  Indian ink is water resistant once dry.   Indian Ink can be used with technical pens, fountain pens, calligraphy pens, brushes, airbrushes and dip pens.

    Indian Ink is generally much denser and blacker than many other pigment based black inks.  This makes it great for covering large areas and block black work, such as in comic book illustration.

    Here’s an interesting tutorial for the ways that bleach can be used with Indian ink!

    http://arteascuola.com/2012/04/leaves-printed-with-bleach

    Let us break that down for you one more time:

     

    DYE BASED INKS

    • Pure, vivid colour
    • Low lightfastness
    • Best for sketchbook/ folio work, not on permanent display (and exposed to light)
    • Water-resistant
    • Use on paper, Bristol or illustration board
    • Use with dip pens or brushes
    • DO NOT USE with fountain pens, dye particle size may cause clogging and damage nib.

    ACRYLIC INKS

     

    • Pigment based
    • Fluid versatile colour
    • High lightfastness
    • Waterproof and permanent once dry
    • Can be mixed with acrylic paints and mediums
    • Use on paper, board, canvas, plastics, wood and ceramics
    • Use with brush, dip pen, technical pen or airbrush
    • Great for stamping, screen printing, stencilling and fabric painting.

     

    INDIAN INK

    • Pigment based
    • Use when you want the blackest black ink
    • Use on paper, board and textured papers.
    • Use with technical pens, fountain pens, calligraphy pens, brushes, airbrushes and dip pens.

    Happy inking everyone!

     

     

     

     

     

     

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