Printer's Ink

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by Beatha, May 15, 2017.

  1. Beatha Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I keep seeing that people use this for metals. What's a good place to buy it when you need it reasonably quickly, like within 7-10 days? Also, it looks like it needs to be mixed with something to work - would Matte Medium work okay? Thanks!
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  2. arj A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Welcome to PF Beatha.
    You'll probably get more local sources soon.
    In the meantime, have a look at El Greco's products:-
    https://www.elgrecominiatures.co.uk/collections/printers-inks
    There may only be three in the range, but they are excellent quality.
    I find they mix well with oil paints.
    Terre Verte with the gold gives a passable brass.
    Black and blue with the silver gives a good steel.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  3. Gary D PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Canada
    I use ordinary thinner to thin them with. Some say the carrier in Humbrol paints is good too.

    Gary D
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  4. John Bowery PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States
    They need a dryer to dry them other wise they never dry. Humbrol carrier is a clear varnish and works well as a dryer. I use a very little amount of W/N Liquin and then Rectified Turpentine to thin the mix.
    Cheers
    John
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  5. Beatha Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thank you, that's super helpful, especially the part about the dryer, which I did not know.
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  6. arj A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I don't use a drier, and I've never had a problem with the El Greco ones.
    I leave them for two or three days and then use a dark pin wash for shadows. Next day a touch of the metal on the highlights.
    However, be very light-handed when applying the wash. Heavy brushing will cut into the metal finish; so John's point is applicable if you want a rock-hard finish quickly.
    As an aside, I've recently started using the acrylic Molten Metals by Darkstar Miniatures, and have found them very effective:-
    http://www.darkstarmini.co.uk/darkstar-molten-metals.html

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  7. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
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  8. chailey Active Member

    Country:
    England
    The printers ink seem rather expensive when so many other alternatives are available, I still have several bottles of "Rose Gold/silver" powders from way-back-when which are still as good as when they were purchased, I also quite like the Valejo "air" metal metallic's for swords and such like.

    Steve
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  9. Richie A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Beatha,
    You could try Liquitex Inks. wwwliquitex.com
    cheers
    Richie

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  10. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I would suggest you try the dark star range beatha,they are very good and excellent value for money,alot of modelers use this range and they also do washes as well.(y)
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