Saturday, October 02, 2010

How ink is made

This is a surprisingly interesting video about how ink is made. The beautiful soundtrack is part of the attraction, but the main thing for me is just watching the colors being mixed. One of my favorite parts about the painting process is mixing colors. I especially enjoy seeing the variations in tones in the phase before the final color is arrived at. I really enjoyed working inks when I took printmaking courses back in school. There's a delicious pleasure derived from taking relatively stiff (depending on the density of the pigment and vehicle) inks from the can and making them become softer and more pliable with a painting knife or scraper.
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