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Ink Sets?

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by MattMcK., Oct 28, 2020.

  1. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hello all-
    I've been reading about a lot of painters using inks for washes and shading. I'd like to try them out. Can anyone recommend a brand that might have a decent starter set with a variety of colors? Not looking to spend a fortunes, but also don't necessarily want to buy the cheapest stuff, because you get what you pay for :) I'm in the US, if that makes a difference. Also curious about thinning. Brand dependent, I'm sure, but are they generally water based? I've never been able to get the hang of shading with water based products, too much of an old oils guy.
    Best to all!
  2. Kimmo A Fixture

    I picked up Vallejo inks a while back and found them easy enough to use. Thin with water or add a bit of glaze medium for more control and working time. Whatever brand you pick up, apply very light coats and let dry, then apply more as needed. They are fantastic for pin washes, they really flow into recesses much better than paint or washes do. They are really fun to play with, very versatile. Vallejo dry sort of satin, others glossier.

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  3. Venko A Fixture

    Scale75 inks are good also, they have Inktensity sets of 8 colors
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  4. Banjer Well-Known Member

    Can someone clarify? Like Matt, I use oils. Do these inks work over oil?
    If not any suggestions?
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  5. grasshopper A Fixture

    I use daler rowney acrylic inks over oils regularly...it’s same as any other acrylic in that can be used over oils...I’d buy one or two...try one ..they aren’t expensive ..liquitex is equally good, and both give pigment info on the bottles..they dry to slight sheen..
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