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« on: April 14, 2013 12:08:28 PM »

I'm currently following a project tutorial in Somerset apprentice and it includes using ink at the end, but I have do idea how to use ink.

I bought a little bottle of ink (I think it has a dropper in it), and realized I have to idea how to apply it, what it will look like when I try to use it, or even where on my project I should consider putting it.

Can anyone help me with this?
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2013 02:38:24 PM »

What type of ink is it? Depending on the ink, you could probably get a nice nib pen and write things with it, or even use a very fine paintbrush and add little details to drawings, etc. I'm sorry if this isn't much help, it's hard to say without knowing what kind of ink it is and what project you're trying to do. For example, I love colourful writing ink and I would use it to add some flair to journal entries and letters. Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2013 07:07:48 PM »

Thanks for the info.  The type of use I'm thinking is when it is used for distressing and making things look vintage-ish.  I know I'm not much help but I really don't know what I am doing at all.
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013 02:45:56 PM »

Is your project paper or some other material?  If it is for colour application/aging/distressing, maybe test on a scrap first. 

I probably would try dropping some of it onto a tray or some other small container, and then use a tool to pick some up and apply it to the surface in a dabbing or rubbing motion to spread it around, work it into the surface, and remove excess - like a sponge, a felt pad, paper towels, cotton scraps, cotton make up pads, etc.  You can do the same with stamping ink pads too.  I actually have some specialty tools for stuff like this, but sometimes it just comes back to grabbing a paper towel or fabric scrap and rubbing away until you get what you like.  You can also play with your surface too with layering colours in different areas, using water, bleach, salt, or other materials to get some patterning in your ink before it dries, or even distressing further with some sanding pads after the ink dries.  Or even creasing or marking the paper before inking to get some patterns as well, as the creased areas will take up more of the ink. 



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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2013 05:05:03 PM »

thank you so much Onyxnox, I had no idea what sort of application tools to use at all.  This helps a lot.  I'm currently working on a board covered in paper.  I'm not sure if I will end up using ink on this project, but I will for sure try it out soon. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2013 07:18:37 PM »

No problem - heck you may just want to take your hands after awhile and squish at will!  OK - wear gloves, some inks really stain the heck out of you.  Also, you could use stencils and resists and put some ink into misters and use that to apply colour too.  Anything goes!  I had made a felt background for a shadow box by spraying with some walnut inks, and then using leaf shape and different colours to make a Fall background.  Also, you could add a bit of mica powder, and water, and some gum arabic to make a pearl mist too.  PLAY!!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013 12:23:45 PM »

I need to start playing more, you have given me so many ideas.
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2013 10:12:24 AM »

If you're using non-porous surfaces you should try alcohol inks. The colors are vibrant and if you want you can even make your own.
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