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Old 04-14-2012, 06:58 PM
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Color Mixing with Ink?

Hi, everyone. I cannot seem to find the color of ink that I want for one of my new projects. So I'm wondering, can ink be mixed like paint? I am looking for
a sky blue or baby blue. If I add white ink to indigo, will that lighten it? To darken ink, I just stipple more in one area with the blue, or use black stippling under the blue. Now I need to lighten it.

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:55 PM
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Re: Color Mixing with Ink?

try F W process cyan........ [assuming ye meaning ink from bottles]...
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:46 PM
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Re: Color Mixing with Ink?

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Hi, everyone. I cannot seem to find the color of ink that I want for one of my new projects. So I'm wondering, can ink be mixed like paint? I am looking for
a sky blue or baby blue. If I add white ink to indigo, will that lighten it? To darken ink, I just stipple more in one area with the blue, or use black stippling under the blue. Now I need to lighten it.

Thanks so much for your help.
I've tried mixing with white ink to lighten other inks and it doesn't work out well for me. While most inks are translucent the white seems more opaque and the mixed ink color appears to be more of a swirled mess.

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Old 04-15-2012, 01:33 AM
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Re: Color Mixing with Ink?

It depends on what kind of pen you are using and therefore what inks you can accomodate. But for Acrylic inks I'd either go with the aorementioned FW Ink Process Cyan or Liquitex Acrylic Ink Phthalocyanine Blue (GS). Both are transparent and can be thinned with water to make them lighter. If you mix with white, you've basically made it opaque, so you have to decide if that is the effect you want. Some acrylic inks are translucent or opaque, so read the label carefully (both mentioned lines list that on the label).

Inks can be mixed like paint - acrylics are usually reasonably lightfast, dye based color inks tend not to be. Always test the mix before you commit it to the final piece if you aren't familiar with the results.

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:24 AM
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Re: Color Mixing with Ink?

Thanks for all of your replies. I am using a dip pen, and my ink is F&W. So thanks a lot. I have taken notes from this post and I'll be off to the art supply store when it opens.
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if you look at my thread of The Overflowing Cup - http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=989372 - you will have some idea of how the cyan looks........
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:48 AM
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Okay, thank you, Objectivistartist. I'm going there now.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:50 AM
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Re: Color Mixing with Ink?

Yes, that is exactly the color I'm looking for. Love your work, by the way.
Thanks again.
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