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Discussion in 'Airbrush Paints' started by Joe T, Jul 1, 2018.


  1. Joe T

    Joe T Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    so, any harm using India ink in your AB. Cleaning any different. I want to try some in my .18 because I understand it flows lots better than paint and I like the idea of using it for practice. Low psi fine line type stuff.

    Thanks peeps
    Stay hydrated
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    No harm at all, but just be aware it spiders easier being so thin, so minimum pressure to start with, cleaning should be the same as anything else but check the label in case any other type of cleaner is recommended.
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    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    What kind of ink do you have in mind? I use the Dr Martens ink, and honestly its very similar to acrylic paint. My Infinity didnt seem very happy about pushing through the .15 needle but my other brushes did very nicely with it. I seem to get good results thinning it with alcohol.

    If I ever get some money I'd like to try some fountain pen ink.
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    Hastings waterproof ink.
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    Ohh yea, didn’t like that experience at all...ewwwwwwww. Lol
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    I have used pelikan’s and rotring inks without any issue and I have even thined them with water, the only thing is you have to clean the cup with alcohol if they dry


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    It shouldn't be a problem. I have a very limited range of ABs, so you may want to check with people who have an Infinity etc., but I used it on a 0.2mm and it was no problem to use and to clean.
    If your target is fine lines, pencil-drawing like exercises, then indian ink should work very well. Just be aware that you don't do any larger area. I tried to use an old bottle of indian ink to darken a large area of a painting (to save some of my precious Golden High Flow Carbon Black), and I had to clean the entire room afterwards - indian ink seems to "travel" pretty well. It also went into my respiratory system (I sneezed black ink afterwards).
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    I tried the Talens Indian ink and although it sprayed great it was a mission to clean. Indian in is made to be water and alcohol proof. That is why it is used in illustrations with water colours and alcohol markers.
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    Problem is, Indian Ink now ain't what it used to be. In days of yore shellac tended to be used as a binder. The general solvent for shellac is alcohol.
    But if alcohol doesn't shift it (when dried), try panel wipe. If that fails, try acetone (which may do very odd things to O rings, etc. although they usually return to normal if allowed to do so).
    I've used calligraphy inks (generally cheap and easy clean!) but prefer acrylic paint - the "airbrush ready" varieties are all over-priced, but clog infrequently, tend not to spider, and respond well to water, proprietary - for acrylic - airbrush cleaner and water. Any variety is likely to be cheaper than a decent Indian Ink and - depending on the paper - you can often erase acrylic.
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    I remember very early on I had this big bottle of black india ink. Not sure what brand. But anyways, it worked really well for black and white work. I remember I took a break for what mighta been a couple years and went to use that stuff and it was clogging my brush. Turned out the bottle got some sort of mold growing in it. Turned all chunky and had a moldy smell.

    Once the acrylic stuff like createx really took off with Wicked, I never messed with the normal inks again.

    I tried the liquitex stuff, but it didn't wow me.
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    Seems the other widely used binder was gelatine. That would probably explain the mould.
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