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Future-proofing paper and ink letter

The choice of paper won't be very difficult. There are different types and brands of paper available in craft stores, stationary sections and even copy shops. You'll want to go for "acid free&...
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What is this liquid called in my India ink?

India ink has only three ingredients: lampblack, water and gelatin or shellac as a binder(in fact, traditional India ink doesn't even contain this), with shellac being much more common. As you've ...
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As a calligraphy beginner, what features should I look for in an ink?

All the liquid calligraphy inks I know of are ready to use, no dilution required. Pigmented ink must be well mixed before use for the pigment to be uniformly dispersed. I find acrylic ink sometimes ...
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How do I keep my ink from smudging when I draw?

There are four things I can think of which will help you avoid smudging your inks are: how you hold your hands over your working surface, controlling the amount of ink on your paper, helping the ink ...
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Drawing with white ink on a colored/pastel pencil artwork without the pen clogging up

I'd suggest you use white acrylic ink with either a dip pen or a fine pointed brush (whatever suits you better).
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What is a dye based ink?

Inks are largely divided into two categories: dye-based and pigment-based. Additionally, there is invisible ink, which usually consists of a variety of other ingredients that need to undergo a ...
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Printed document lifespan

I will interpret the question as you wanting to know how long it takes until a black ink inkjet print noticeably fades. As with many artworks involving colourants, keeping prints flat in a dark, cool, ...
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Future-proofing paper and ink letter

I have real life experience with this scenario. My father wrote a letter to me on the day I came home from the hospital. He wrote it on yellow legal pad paper with a standard ball point pen. He ...
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What is this liquid called in my India ink?

According to Mayer, that is water, shellac and borax. Although @walrus answered your question perfectly, I would like to address the other issue: where to find a painting medium that isn’t a varnish. ...
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Fountain pen tip use for dip pen?

No. As there is no place for the fountain pen tip to hold a reservoir of ink through dipping. A dip pen has a slight concave curvature. This curvature helps to hold, with the help of the surface ...
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Can I use the ink from the Photosmart inkjet cartridges for my dip calligraphy pens?

Yes, inkjet ink works with brushes. It's thinner than the usual ink for dip pens, but give it a try. I haven't broken open cartridges to get it, but used the ink from a refill kit. Because they're ...
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How can I write in white ballpoint pen ink on black paper?

There are many possible arts & crafts uses for white ink, so it's definitely possible to buy pens with white ink/paint. Look for a "gel" pen with white ink, and it should meet all the requirements ...
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Is there a type of ink that dissolves in epoxy resin?

I've tried with some pens. I don't have casting epoxy, only slow epoxy glue (Araldite precision), but it's enough to demonstrate a problem or two within a few hours. A water-based overhead projector ...
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Which chemical/ substance could help make fractals in acrylic paint on glass?

I'm not sure I completely understand what your result should look like, but the example image is most likely created using acryllic pouring technique. It works by covering a canvas with a relatively ...
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How can I write in white ballpoint pen ink on black paper?

White pens and colors are often used to lighten up the shade in art and crafts. Apart from that they have limited uses. As per your requirements, I would suggest you to either go for either a white ...
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Can I use cartridge ink for dip fountain pens?

Due to the many different kind of quill pens nib designs, I don't think any definitive yes-no answer is possible here. Generally, yes, ink will flow. What kind of writing you want to do will have ...
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What are dry inks and dry pens?

'Dry' and 'wet' refer to the flow of the ink. Regarding inks, the terms 'dry' and 'wet' give a relative idea of the viscosity of the ink: wet inks flow more freely, whereas dry inks have more ...
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How can I use a fountain pen while onboard an airplane?

There are things you can do to reduce the risks, as described in the other answers, but I would be wary of using any kind of pen containing liquid ink on a plane (although a "felt or fiber tipped&...
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Is there a type of ink that dissolves in epoxy resin?

There are 2 questions here: Is there an ink that's soluble in epoxy? Yes, see Chris H's answer for more details Can you cast a print in epoxy and make it dissolve just the right amount "so it ...
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As a calligraphy beginner, what features should I look for in an ink?

In my experience, the best advice for newbies is that which educates them toward nolonger being newbies. The qualities of an ink are based on its composition An ink is composed of 3 parts which, ...
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How do I keep my ink from smudging when I draw?

Printer paper may not be the ideal substrate for a fountain pen. Can you try different paper - something specifically made for pen and ink? Another thing to try is to use a slanted surface. This is ...
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How do I keep my ink from smudging when I draw?

A substance called gum sandarac has been used on paper so ink more readily takes to it. Also drafters powder. Check Amazon or Jon Neal Booksellers websites for these products. Myself I’ve found ...
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Fountain pen tip use for dip pen?

It depends on the type of fountain pen nib, but yes, you can. Obviously, you want the right tools, know-how, experience, and touch if you plan to dismantle a pen, and it's all at your own risk. ...
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Is there any way to print white colour onto paper?

- Method 1 - The fastest and smartest way is, set color as RGB(0,0,1). But if you want to print white color permanetly and want to white color following method 2 - Method 2 - You will not get ...
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Is there any way to print white colour onto paper?

There is white Trace-it transfer paper from a company called ScratchArt[1]. This would require you to print out your image first then trace over image to make the actual image transfer. Similar to ...
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How long does invisible lemon ink last?

I think the hidden message won't be lost, it will become visible instead. I don't have any practical experiences after what time the message will become visible, but I'm reasonably sure it depends on ...
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Use laser toner for embossing powder?

You should not handle toner powder at all without a high quality filter mask and potentially safety glasses. Loose toner is a health risk for the respiratory system due to it's particle size. It's not ...
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Can pigment ink somehow be used like a stamp-pad?

Based on your description and on research based on the terms you've provided, I expect that you have what users would consider an ordinary colored rubber stamp pad. Unfortunately, most of your ...
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