Friday, 27 February 2009

Don't Think Twice (It's Alright)

I've finally let go of my acrylic ink. It was so sticky, clogging everything and ruining brushes. It caused me more heartache than a little black bottle should... but if I could sing that Dylan tune, I would. That ink and I had some beautiful times together. It just kind of wasted my precious time.

But don't think twice - it's alright.


Liz Baillie said...

Why did you keep using a bad ink for so long? It was clearly an abusive relationship!

Ambassador MAGMA said...

Well... I was just using microns in the beginning. When I decided to go for dip pens, originally I tried dating this Higgins ink. Really watery, everything was gray. No love.

Later somebody said that you have to let it sit out and evaporate until it gets thicker. BORING! Next:

Then I had a one night stand with this stuff called Acee's Witches Brew. Maybe something crawled in it and died, but if I stuck with it I would be brain dead by now.

I finally went on a blind date with Daler and Rowney FW Acrylic Artist's Ink. It was beautiful! Everything was bold, black and it flows so well.

But using it for inking, say, an entire page, it gets less ink-y and more acrylic-y. ESPECIALLY in the heat (i.e. Summer and using a Winter heater!) My nibs looked like they were coated in liquid latex. And then I started using brushes and those begin to die slow agonizing deaths.

I decided to plow through my last comic, cleaning all my materials as I used them. Huge waste of time and more sputtering scratchy latexy lines than I want to remember. But now it's over and it's time to move on.

I just bought Winsor & Newton Black Indian Ink and Blick's Black Cat India Ink. This picture is the Black Cat which is a touch smoother but I love them both. Black Cat is a SUPER cheap date too!

I think I'll ride out this menage a trois for a while! Or I guess four way if you count Winsor, but he usually hangs out in beatnik jazz clubs extolling the virtues of Irish modernism in a thick cockney accent... I'm more of a Newton man...

Liz Baillie said...

Personally I will only use the following inks in the following order of preference:

1) PH Martin's TECH ink
2) PH Martin's Black Star Hi-Carb (some prefer Black Star Matte, it's a personal choice really)
3)Speedball Super Black

I would never ever in a million years use anything by Higgins. I have no idea why it's the most easily accessible ink since it sucks so badly. I've heard the same thing about leaving the cap off so it can thicken but like, who has the patience for that? Not me, that's who.

Ambassador MAGMA said...

Oooh, I will check out PH Martin... I used his watercolors to color the cover and they are AMAZING! If the ink is anything like it... Oh, Liz, you may save my art!

Thanks for checking it out!

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