Sunday, May 4, 2014
Ink Dilution: Two Inks for the Price of One?
I have been experimenting recently with ink dilution and it has been an interesting experience.
While I have been diluting Noodler's Bulletproof Black for years with good results, I thought I would try a shade of blue. My latest subject is Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue, a very saturated dark blue ink.
I used a 1:1 mixture of ink and distilled water with a tiny amount of Dawn dishwashing liquid (a non-ionic surfactant) to improve flow. I only make about 4-6 ml at a time so that I can test with small amounts.
The result is a lighter shade of blue with a good amount of shading. The surfactant added probably results in a thicker line (more of a medium/broad than a fine), but I can tweak the flow by adding less surfactant.
I am very pleased with the results!