How to Use Ink with Watercolor (Tip#05)

April 12, 2017

I know to some of you, ink may seem a bit strange to place on a watercolor supplies list.  But for my artistic style, ink is essential for getting my desired look.  So I want to go over some basics that will help you in your watercolor journey if you decide to try ink.  So, without further ado, let’s jump into this…

WHAT INK DO I NEED?

The first question you need to ask yourself is what ink do I need?  If you are planning on making precise lines that you don’t want to smudge while painting – then you definitely want to buy some form of permanent ink.  If you are desire to use black ink – you might see some companies refer to permanent ink as Indian Ink.  This basically means that this ink is a deep black ink with carbon particles located inside it.  This type of ink is often used in calligraphy and for technical drawing.    

WHAT INK IS BEST?

Now the next question you probably are wondering is what ink is best?  Well, this is a loaded question because it really depends on what you are trying to accomplish with your ink.  Such as do you want your ink to spread out in an inky texture or have smooth sharp lines?  Also, another question you need to ask yourself is do you want to be using your ink with a brush or with a pen.  This really boils down to artist preference. 

WHAT INKS I USE & WHY?

For today’s episode but I’m going to do is review the inks that I have, how I use them and why?

INK #01 – Sakura Micron PENS

INK #02 – HIGGINS LIQUID INK

INK #03 – DR. PH MARTIN’S MATTE BLACK STAR LIQUID INK

HOW DO I USE THEM?

MY REASONING?

And that is a brief overview of ink.  I hope this cleared up some things for you and perhaps you learned something new.  If you want to learn some more helpful things about brushes or watercolor in general – make sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter.  The link is provided down below.

….and As Always Ya’ll, it’s been a pleasure and I will see you next time!

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