Monday, 30 July 2012

Making my own ink

I decided it would be fun to make my own inks for block printing. This was for 2 reasons, firstly I enjoy a challenge and second it is much cheaper than buying premixed inks, all you need is the pigments and extender ink which is a translucent medium. The fun bit is you can blend pigments to make up your own colours.

Step 1
Powdered Pigment in this case Venetian red
Step 2
Using a Glass Muller to fine grind the pigment and remove any lumps
Step 3
Adding extender, a neutral base used to carry the pigment
Step 4
Finished ink rolled on a plate ready for use

The ink works really well so I am now planning to expand the selection of pigments that I have to play with.