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hello i was wondering if anyone could tell me the correct water to ink ratio... normally if i dont add water the original colour gets darker and streaky (if applying black ink to blue) or if i put too much water nothing really happens... so what would the corretc ratio be if i wanted my original colour to stay as it is but the engraved areas to be black.
ok, it's not just water you have to add, you need something to break teh surface tension and drag teh ink away from teh high surfaces, you could use future floor finnish(or whatever it's called), acrylic flow enhancer or washing up liquid. just add a tiny amount (about 1 part of this to 10 parts ink/water) and make sure teh ink is very runny, so you can see through it and read newsprint through it... it's a good idea to keep a spare newspaper around!
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cool thanks tomato
I dont dilute the ink in water i just use it how it came. And I ink everything no exceptions and if done right it makes everything look like its been done by a pro.
There is definitely no "right" answer here. You need to experiment with different amounts. The less dillution you have the darker things will be. In some cases it might be appropriate to have a dark ink. Sometimes you will want to only slightly tint the area. (skin comes to mind in a situation like this). Sometimes you can build up some really interesting subtle effects by using several layers of heavily watered down inks.
So bottom line - experiment until you find what you like for what you are doing. As for using something other than water - you don't necessarily need to use something else. However if you use future, drop of dish detergent, etc. it will cut surface tension and help pull the ink into the recesses of the figure better.
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