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06-29-2000, 03:28 AM
Can somebody explain to me the characteristics of indian ink? I read different things about it.
what is its true color?
when dry, is it water soluble?
is it suitable to work with watercolors?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif ciao, rapolina

06-29-2000, 09:56 AM

Im no expert on this, but I used India ink over watercolor(dry) last week with no problems. To me, it is blackest of black which makes it nice for drawing the way I use it. Very strong lines.

06-30-2000, 12:52 AM
I have used a lot of India ink. See;

The best ink is made with carbon black pigment and not dyes--read the labels! This type of India ink has excellent lightfastness. It can be diluted for washes--I recommend using distilled water. India ink comes both waterproof and non-waterproof. It can also be used with other water-based mediums. Here is an example of a watercolor and India ink painting;

I've probably tried every india ink on the market, searching for the best, richest black. The very absolute best, imnsho, is Speedball Super Black India Ink. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/cool.gif

Hope this helps


07-09-2000, 08:42 AM
The "India" in India Ink is a declaration that the ink is very black. Beyond that, it means nothing.

Both Special and Super Black are very nice.

Don't over look Sumi Ink though, it is a much softer black, and very nice.

07-18-2000, 12:12 AM
Hi, just a note about mixing ink with watercolours. i love both seperately. but some care must be taken with ink during a watercolour. realize im speaking about glazing 5-15 layers...black ink seems to kill the area if placed between washes. deadens the light...strategically placed at the end... small lines are fine. personal opinion...i like chinese ink best. Good luck

Lady Artist
09-15-2000, 01:27 PM
I've gone over to fine-tipped pens such as Pigma Micron and Zig Memory System's Millenium. They come in various line widths, are permanent, don't need cleaning like nibs do.

I've found them indispensible. They also come in colors other than black, but other than the darkest brown, I have not found colors I like. The red and green are not dark enough for what I would like to use them for.

I don't know if they sell these in Italy or not, but if you mail order you might be able to get them Rapolina. Much less mess than possible spillage from open ink bottles. Although years ago I used to use India ink exclusively.


09-24-2000, 04:00 PM
I have a 7 pen set of Faber-Castell pens ranging from 000 to 3. I use Higgins T-100 drafting film ink in matte black. This has worked very well in my watercolors without losing the depth of the black. However I never add the ink until the watercolor is finished and dry.

There are many other inks that do come in colors that work well as washes.