Questions tagged [ink]

A pigment-containing liquid that is applied to a surface with pen, brush, or quill. Use this tag for general questions about ink as a substance, or selecting an appropriate ink for a project. See tag wiki for related tags.

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What is this liquid called in my India ink?

I recently discovered that India ink/China ink dries up in the bottle after many years, leaving an almost clear liquid on top (most likely shellac). This liquid works a wonder as glazing liquid. I ...
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Future-proofing paper and ink letter

I would like to write a letter, in the present, addressed to my children in the future (no sad reasons involved; I just thought it would be nice to share my emotions of a new parent directly with my ...
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How do I keep my ink from smudging when I draw?

When I try to make sketches with a fountain pen on printer paper, it keeps smudging, so I have to restart. What do I do to prevent smudging? If this helps, I'm ambidextrous.
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As a calligraphy beginner, what features should I look for in an ink?

I want to use a variety of pens, nibs and papers and want a general all-round ink I can use for all (or most) of these cases. From a beginners perspective—which calligraphy inks would be easiest to ...
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How to erase pencil under ink?

I use an HB pencil, very light, to sketch before drawing with ink. I use Staedtler ink pen and Staedtler plastic eraser ( whit rectangular with blu paper around ) The problem is that when i erase ...
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Can I use cartridge ink for dip fountain pens?

I understand that ink in fountain pen cartridges is a bit thinner. Can I still use it for dip pens if I squeeze it out of the cartridges? I have an excessive amount of this ink, and might not go back ...
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Is there a type of ink that dissolves in epoxy resin?

Inspired by this question, I suddenly wondered if there is a type of ink that would dissolve slightly as the epoxy resin sets. Say that a text gets printed on a sheet of white opaque acrylate, and, ...
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Is there any way to print white colour onto paper?

I want to print the colour white onto a transfer paper.
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Fountain pen tip use for dip pen?

Can I use a fountain pen tip as a dip pen? It's for writing it in general. I do not own a dip pen yet, I have water based ink to use.
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Are alcohol inks safe to use in a public makerspace?

I run a library makerspace, and one of the things we have available is alcohol inks. They are not available in large quantities, the projects being made are generally about the size of a post card. ...
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What are dry inks and dry pens?

Because of its dry nature, it cannot be recommended for use in any pen that is also considered 'dry' as the rate of ink-flow is likely to be too low; that is its only practical restriction. From: ...
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Print drawing on water color paper, is it possible?

I would like to know if is possible to print a digital drawing, just the outline, on watercolor paper. I would like to do it to test different watercolor result on the same drawing without redraw ...
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Drawing with white ink on a colored/pastel pencil artwork without the pen clogging up

I am doing some work in pastel and colored pencils. I like to finish the fine white details with a white pen. At the moment, I'm working with a white gel pen. However, either the ink (the gel) isn't ...
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What is a dye based ink?

Camlin ink Are inks based on something else also? Why have they specified that their ink is dye based? What does dye based mean anyway? What other bases for ink are there?
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Can I use the ink from the Photosmart inkjet cartridges for my dip calligraphy pens?

My Canon All-In-One Photosmart printer can't be repaired and I still have ink in the cartridges. Can I use the ink from the Photosmart inkjet cartridges for my dip calligraphy pens or with paint ...
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What is the purpose of the ink delivery disks found in most rollerball pens?

See the picture below. In most rollerball pens there are those peculiar looking disks near the nib, the purpose of which I have not yet figured out, apart from being some kind of ink reservoir/flow ...
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Can pigment ink somehow be used like a stamp-pad?

Relatives gave our little daughter some stamps (I mean the little plastic things whose front has a protuding (text or image) pattern that can be used to leave the same mark on paper many times) as a ...
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How long does invisible lemon ink last?

I tried searching for this online, but after a few minutes I couldn't find a conclusive answer. Does anyone know how long it lasts? That is if I write a message in lemon on a piece of paper, keep it ...
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What is the correct converter to fit my Inoxcrom fountain pen?

My grandfather left me an old Inoxcrom fountain pen that was given to him as a gift. I have been using it as a dip pen to write with, but am hoping to find a converter so I can use it on the go. I am ...
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Which chemical/ substance could help make fractals in acrylic paint on glass?

I'm doing an art project which involves a chemical reaction (ideally available easily like alcohol, bleach, acetone etc). I'm using acrylic paint/ ink on glass. I want my painting to have fractals, ...
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How can I use a fountain pen while onboard an airplane?

When a fountain pen is onboard an aircraft, it can leak ink due to the strong pressure difference inside the pen vs. outside the pen. This can result in messes to clean up on the flight even if the ...
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Can I use gel pens on acetate sheets?

I want to trace the outline of buildings on a printed map onto something transparent, to then put on black paper. Will the ink from white gel pens stick to sheets of acetate? Or will I have to use a ...
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How to maintain dry ink in a fountain pen and Pilot V7 pens?

I have got a dry ink and I have a fountain pen and Pilot V7 pens. I wish to use the dry ink in the above-mentioned pens. I will refill the cartridge of the Pilot pen with this ink. What precautions am ...
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Is there such a thing as a refillable porous point pen?

I'm wondering if there's such a thing as a refillable porous point pen. To clarify: By refillable, I mean from bulk ink, like a fountain pen, not where you reuse the pen body and replace both the ...
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Are there any "permanent" or close to permanent rollerball inks?

I use both rollerball and fountain pens for journaling and note taking. For journaling I use a fountain pen with Noodlers Bulletproof black ink because it is supposed to be at least somewhat ...
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Printed document lifespan

How long will a document (black text) printed on standard paper using an inkjet printer last? I will keep it in an envelope in a normal house hold environment, not overly hot or cold. Looking for tips ...
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Can I leave Winsor & Newton inks to dry on the palette?

When I worked with watercolour I could leave wet paint on the ceramic palette, let it dry, come back to it days later, apply water and pick up where I left off. Can I do the same with Winsor & ...
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How to reduce ink flow of Pilot Parallel Pen?

I have a 2.8 Pilot Parallel Pen. It simply flows too much ink when writing. I have the 6mm too and it is just fine. Is there a way to reduce ink amount? https://pilotpen.com.au/products/parallel-pen/
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Recommended paper and ink for printing memorials

I need to print an eulogy off my email, copy a newspaper article, and make copies of photos to frame all together to give to my family members to hang on the wall, so they will be exposed to ...
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Use laser toner for embossing powder?

I'm looking at the potential to use residual laser toner as a replacement for colored embossing powder; they're pretty similar (given the caveat that toner is messy stuff to handle and clean up). I ...
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How can I adopt a specific style in illustration?

Basically I used to doodle a lot when I was younger and decided to get back into it. I managed to find a comic and game artist that EXACTLY matches what I want my drawings to look like, and my goal is ...
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I have trouble drawing a sunlight/shadow line

I'm sketching an ink drawing. It's going to be black and white cityscape with a sun in the background. The perspective is twisted and I have no idea how I should place the line between the part which ...
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Best Pen for Maths? [closed]

I'm a maths undergrad and I am looking for a very smooth pen that's good for speed writing symbols and iterations (like a pencil?). Uniball Air Micro and Elite Vision both seem to have some good ...
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How can I write in white ballpoint pen ink on black paper?

Are there white ink ballpoint pens (not felt or fountain pens) that write on black paper, in a way that is close to frictionless and noiseless, with ink that dries fast and won't blotch the paper? ...
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