Monday, July 18, 2011


Some of you have asked about mixing inks, so I thought I would do a quick post to hopefully answer your questions!

I individually hand-mix inks for each of my prints. The only time I use ink straight from the tube is when I print in black. By only using primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and neutrals (black, brown, white) I’m able to mix any color I wish to achieve, as well as cut down on total ink dollars. I prefer to use Speedball Oil-Based Block Printing Ink because it’s permanent and waterproof. Some printmakers shy-away from using oil-based ink because they think it’s difficult to clean up and requires chemicals to clean all the tools involved. However, I have found that a little canola oil and a paper towel does the trick pretty nicely, no harsh chemicals needed!
Hope that helps! 


Jen Appel said...

Hmm, will have to keep the Canola oil tip in mind the next time I get out my inks - I'm curious to try that!

Sarah said...

I'm happy to hear you're going to give it a try! I keep the Canola oil in a washed-out liquid dish detergent bottle so it's easier to dispense...a few drops go a long way!

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