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What Medium Do You Use To Work With Printer´s Ink?

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by Robert Laclavik, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Carlos69 Well-Known Member

    Printers Ink obviously doesn't need a medium then as it mixes, brushes and drys very well for me with Sansodor or white spirits. I mix it quite thin and apply several layers. It drys smooth. I have tried liquin, linseed and various varnishes and still prefer the white spirits.

    To me Printers ink is allready in a kind of carrier as its like a paste and not just metallic particle fines, it also drys if left on a palette. Maybe that's why it works well mixed with white spririt.

    Years ago you could get Rose metallic powder, that did need a carrier such as that from an enamel tin or varnish... This was no good with white spirits.

  2. Einion Well-Known Member

    Was going to mention this anyway after Mike's post, these inks vary quite a bit from source to source in case you didn't know.

    Some of them don't seem to dry at all if they're not mixed with a medium, partly this may be that they dry very very slowly on their own (many weeks) but they may also be particularly pigment heavy so they're a little underbound. Others, like the one you have, do dry fine on their own.

  3. Marco22 A Fixture

    petroleum spirit will dry rather fast and give a satin finish
    turpentine will keep the glossy look
  4. Robert Laclavik Active Member

    to bonehead: Thanks for detailed explanation, now I understand it.

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