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Old 09-27-2017, 03:58 PM
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inks for technical AND Nib Pens /multi-media

Hi All. It has been suggested I put this post in this section and see what turns up. Smiles.

I have been searching online for two hours about COLOR INKS (brands) to use with watercolor, acrylic, and other mixed media arts. I am hoping for your expertise - my searches have proved fruitless. Smiles.
I like to use ink. I have been writing script for years. I would like to know about COLORED inks that will not wash away if I apply a watercolor or acrylic wash over them?

Typically I would do most ink work last but want to try some things differently.

1) I would like a COLOR Ink Brand that is Semi-transparent, and
2) and COLOR Ink Brand that is Opaque......

I know there are different types of inks available - it would be nice to use ONE MAIN BRAND for technical pens and nib pens and airbrush and paint brush.....

What INK BRANDS do you consistently use and why?
Which Color Ink Brands are less gummy on the pen nib?
Which Color Ink Brands do you like for Technical Pens?
Which Color Ink Brands have the most ONE color Pigments?

Thanks Bunches!!!
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Old 09-30-2017, 06:59 PM
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Re: inks for technical AND Nib Pens /multi-media

For my technical pens I use Rapidograph Ultradraw, a black ink that dries waterproof. I know that Rapiodgraph does make colored inks for their pens, but I have never used them and I don't think they are waterproof. I have never seen the colored Rapiodgraph inks in a store, but if you look on-line you might be able to find a source.

I fear you are not going to be successful finding colored inks that you can use in technical pens and that are also waterproof, the combination tends to not work. I suppose you could try thinning acrylic inks and trying them, but be prepared to ruin some tips/pens so it could be a costly experiment. I also doubt that you will find an ink that will work with all three types, nibs, technical pens and airbrush as they all have different requirements when it comes to flow and/or consistency. But you won't know until you look, good luck.
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Old 10-01-2017, 01:35 AM
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Re: inks for technical AND Nib Pens /multi-media

Dr. P. H. Martin's Bombay India Inks, maybe? They claim to be for use with different types of pens and airbrush. 24 pigmented colors. Supposed to be waterproof and transparent.

I have a couple of colors, but I've only used them with a dip pen, and I haven't put them to the test of their claims.

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Old 10-02-2017, 04:42 PM
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Re: inks for technical AND Nib Pens /multi-media

Acrylic inks are available in a wide range of colours, highly saturated, and some are opaque.
Waterproof and permanent.
I wouldn't recommend using them in technical pens though, although they can be used with airbrush. Stick to specialist inks for such as rapidograph pens.
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Old 10-03-2017, 04:45 PM
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Re: inks for technical AND Nib Pens /multi-media

I would not put an acrylic ink in a technical pen.....
I did purchase some non-waterproof ink made for technical pens in a variety of colors. I will also purchase some waterproof color inks and just use my dip pens for drawing.
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