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1. - Ink can be used for drawing, writing or painting, anything you chose! You can use it with a brush, cartridge pens or drawing nibs, even a goose-quill will do!

2. - Ink can be water-soluble or, unlike watercolor, waterproof. Once dried out, it stays where you left it, it doesn't run away from you!

3. - Ink can be watered down and used as washes, just like watercolor, but it can be used at full strength, achieving more consistent results!

4. - Ink, when dried on paper, results in a very appealing velvety surface.

5. - Ink is in many cases a lot cheaper than watercolor, even school quality (very cheap) inks bring lovely and very satisfactory results.

6. - Inks are colorful! Forget the black ink, you will be able to buy whole variety of colored inks. Also, you can mix them together to create many more colors & hues!

7. - White ink is a perfect assistant in many other techniques, use it to create highlights and special effects!

8. - Ink does not stink! Yet, avoid staining your clothes, you might have troubles getting rid of them...

9. - Available acrylic ink can be even used on canvas!



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LoreTheAwkwardWeirdo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I agree with this post... ink is really good for making art works! I made a ink painting once for school and it made me discover the great posibilities of working with ink, not only as paint :)
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JCoolArts Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
There should be one of these for colored/bw pencils ^
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I will get to it soon (:
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JCoolArts Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
:woohoo:
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xiaolin-kirby-fan Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I need to get back into the techniques of using inks; I tried it briefly and loved the results but I didn't go back to it properly...
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xTheShinyMewGirlx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too.
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stubborninsomniac Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
tea, huh?
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Minzile Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
:iconbigheartplz: totally agree with everything :la: ... and it is sooo dark :)
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
never tried ink for good, only on a few works and only black... sounds like I have to test it at last :D
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tvlookplay Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
not to shaby
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Would you mind submitting this to #Traditionalists to our new tutorials folder as well? It wouldn't let me invite it, something about not being allowed to invite group submissions or something.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Appearently, blog entries of groups can't be submitted into other groups galleries, only can be put in their favorites. We should figure out another way how to share these entries..
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
oh how lame :( yes, we should find another way to share these entries!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
We could create a link inside group journals (:
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
maybe writing the entry on a user's personal profile page and then submitting it into the group would work, you can submit journal entries to as much groups as you like this way. :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course!
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love ink. Some inks will run if they get wet though, will they not? Also very difficult to get really bright highlights with white ink.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Try acrylic white ink for highlights, I use super-opaque titanium white, it's really amazing (:
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tip..
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Noss91 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
I love the journals of this group, they're very interesting :)

In my experience though, acrylic inks are the best colorful ones to use, but they are quite pricey... I'm working on building a little collection of them for now, but the last two jars I bought (silver and copper) cost about 8€ D:

Otherwise, Indian ink and various writing inks are pretty cheap and fun to use! I prefer combining ink with watercolor though, they look great together :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading :heart:

Yes I agree, acrylic inks are really something. I would like to purchase more as well, but the budget tells me I need to wait (:
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Noss91 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
Doesn't it always...? ;)

Heh, I'll be looking forward to reading more of them :)
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