The three tints, black, sepia and bistre which we sell under the name Indian Ink, have a long history. They are pigmented inks which can be thinned with distilled water and are waterproof and eraser-proof when dry. Thus they are suitable for area coverage, washing techniques and for applying lines. Light and dark effects can be easily achieved.
The inks flow extremely well from different kinds of drawing utensils.
They are not only useful for fine calligraphy work and pen drawings but also for liftground etching and picture drawings.
The chemical difference to Calligraphy ink, type 29 700, is the bonding agent. Indian Ink contains a shellac, whilst Calligraphy ing ink contains pure acrylates.
Our Sepia Indian Ink, which matches the organic sepia tint of squid secretion, and Bistre Indian Ink are transparent inks. They are to a large extent light resistant.
In order to achieve deep black strokes which cover well, we especially recommend the Black Indian Ink. A special gas soot is used here.
Inks should be shaken before using. The Sepia and Bistre inks only need to be shaken lightly. The black Indian ink needs to be stirred after sitting for a long period of time in order to avoid foam build-up.
The drawing medium (the paper) needs no special preparation before applying the inks.
Gold and Silver Indian Ink are water-based liquid bronze and Iriodin® tints to be used for decoration purposes and for calligraphy.
For visual and technical reasons, a bronze pigment (copper alloy) is used for the gold colour and a coated mica pigment is used for the silver.
The inks are ready-to-use and can be thinned with water. They can be applied with a brush, feather, drawing pen or air brush (nozzle-âˆ…: 0.5-0.8 mm) on paper, cardboard and wood. Porous media should first be primed with a common primer – e.g. an emulsion gesso – before applying gold or silver. Other media such as fabric, metal or glass should be tested for adhesiveness and moistening before application.
Both tints are gleaming and brilliant and are waterproof after adequate time is allowed for it to dry. They are mixable with each other and can be dyed with Rohrer & Klingner Calligraphy inks.
Metallic effects and other colour effects can be created depending on the way the ink is applied. For example, through dabbing, washing or flowing a bit of blue to the gold tint, and antique look can be created. Also, coloured media influence the visual appearance of both tints. Dark red enhances the gold tint considerably; silver may be applied to a green or blue background.
Contains: Metal pigment for gold and shellac, mica pigment (IriodinÂ®) for silver, acrylic resin, water.