Exploring Inks & Giveaway! Let’s get Ready for Inktober LIVE!

Hi friends! Today we are going to look at a bunch of different inks and discuss what they are best for. We will also compare inks and paint and what inks might go well with the supplies you already have. If you have been on the internet for any amount of time you have probably heard of Inktober, a month-long drawing challenge during the month of October started by Jake Parker (more details here) so I thought I’d help you get ready in case that’s something you want to try. If not you can still learn about inks and maybe add some to your stash.

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I also have an awesome giveaway!

3 lucky readers will win a copy of both of Jane Davenport’s new books Fabulous Figures and Whimsical Girls! Jane uses inks a lot, she even has her own line of ink and I am sure these will inspire anyone to get creative. To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this blog post letting me know what your favorite ink is. Due to publisher restrictions this contest is only open to USA residence to let me know what state you are from as well. I will choose 3 winners at random next Friday. Good luck!These book are a wonderful way to kick start your creativity and get you ready for Inktober!

*Note, due to the high volume of comments it might take a while for your comment to appear on the site as new commenters have to be approved manually. Rest assured if you leave a comment on this post you are entered in the drawing.

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You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live or ask questions about any of the inks I am using please watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30 pm Eastern time.

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So…What IS ink exactly?

Ink can refer to any fluid colored substance used for drawing or printmaking. We are not going to discuss printmaking inks today which can be as thick as paints. Today is all about the inks we used for drawing and mixed media work. There are some blurry lines between what is ink and what is paint. Ink can be either dye or pigment based (just like paint) it comes in all sorts of colors and lusters (just like paint!) some is waterproof and some is water-soluble (just like paint!) and some is lightfast and some is fugative (just like paint!) The similarities between ink and paint are vast but the difference here (unlike printmaking inks) comes down to viscosity for the most part. Inks will be liquid and fluid and by the end of today’s presentation you will know about many different kinds and what ones will enhance your particular style of work and make your other supplies more useful.

The 5 most common inks for drawing

Let’s talk about water reactive inks first. These inks are similar to Dr Ph Martins Radiant line or children’s liquid watercolors. These dye based colors are super clean and transparent and they are the same type of inks you will find in most watercolor/water based markers. These inks will come bottled, in daubers (like distress stain), in markers (Tombow, Zig real brush pens etc), in spray bottles (Adirondack sprays) and can be applied with dip pens, fountain pens and with an airbrush. You can apply them with a paint brush too but it will stain your bristles. These inks are typically not lightfast so are only for work that is meant to be kept in a sketchbook or reproduced. Dye based stamp pad reinkers diluted with a  bit of distilled water will make this kind of ink. This ink can be layered as it stains the paper but the ink will react somewhat as it is not waterproof. It layers on porous surfaces because of the staining ability of the tiny dye particles to absorb into the substrate and stain it. Fabric die is an example of this process. These also can be used for calligraphy. My pick for a good all around water reactive drawing ink is Winsor & Newton. *There are shimmer versions of this ink as well, some in spray form, but I advise against using shimmery ink in fountain pens or airprushes as it may clog or oxidize.

India Ink is an ink known for being deep black, usually waterproof and made of carbon and used for drawing typically with a dip pen. You can find no-shellac fountain pen safe india ink, just be aware some is waterproof and some is not. You can also find colored pigment based india ink like the Bombay line from Dr. PH Martin. This is my favorite India ink because it is waterproof and lightfast and comes in a  beautiful array of colors. You can also get india ink markers like the Pitt Pens from Faber Castell, they come in nib sizes from superfine to jumbo brush markers. I really like the fine tip markers for pen and ink work. India ink is a wonderful addition to a watercolorists tool box as you can watercolor over these inks without lifting them. You can also use the inks on top of a watercolor and not worry about lightfastness. Just keep in mind that thick applications of india ink may seal the paper and not allow the watercolor to bond in places giving you a resist effect.

Acrylic inks are very similar to the Bombay India inks in color, viscosity and performance. The difference is the binder which in this case is acrylic emulsion. Many companies make acrylic inks such as Dr PH Martin, Daler Rowney, Liquatex and more! Acrylic inks come in a range of transparent to semi opaque colors and pearlescent/metallic finishes. Due to the pigment composition some can be airbrushed and some shouldn’t be (never spray apply anything with a CL label!) so read the labels to be sure. You can also purchase acrylic inks in a spray bottle and these can be used on paper, canvas, textiles and some plastics and metals. These can be applied over watercolor and acrylic paint as well. They are waterproof once dry. Most brand name acrylic inks use pigments like they would in their paint and will be lightfast. Specific info on each ink can be found on the bottle. You can explore acrylic inks here.

Alcohol inks are another favorite of mine because they are waterproof when dry on so many surfaces. They are best on non porous surfaces like metal, plastic, marker paper and glass but can be used on regular paper and fabric too (but the color will appear much darker.) Pinta and Adirondack are two of the most popular brands of bottled alcohol inks but you can also find loads of alcohol ink markers (like Copic, Sharpie, Spectrum Noir, Promarker, Concept etc.) to choose from! For drawing the marker will probably be more useful however if you like to make cards, jewelry or home decor projects having a few bottles of alcohol ink around would be handy because you can color ceramic and metal and use it to tint glass. You can use other media over alcohol ink but I don’t recommend using alcohol ink over acrylic inks or india inks as it will dissolve the layers below. This ink is available in markers, bottles and STAZ-On inkpads. Do not spray apply.

Xylene based inks like the ink found in Chartpak markers might be useful to you if you can stand the smell (it’s a doozy!) The clear Xylene ink is great for transferring toner based photocopy images to your projects (I have a tutorial here on transferring photocopies to ceramic tiles) and then you can color those images with alcohol inks without smearing because the solvent is totally different. OR, if you stamp an image with alcohol based Staz-on Ink you can color it with Chartpak markers with no smearing which is great for jewelry and home decor items. These markers can be used in the same way as alcohol based markers on marker paper but they are harder to get ahold of, can be more expensive and the smell is intense (unless they have improved it since I bought mine.)

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I know that is a lot of info and there are a lot of brands that makes these kinds of inks and I will do my best to cover it in a comprehensive manner in the live broadcast but please refer to the cheat sheet above if you get confused. Thanks for stopping by, good luck on the giveaway and til next time happy crafting!

334 thoughts on “Exploring Inks & Giveaway! Let’s get Ready for Inktober LIVE!

  1. I was going to say, I have never owned any ink (well I have a bottle of India ink) and then I saw INKTENSE….I do have that, so I guess that is my favorite :). I have looked at ink, but never knew what to do, so I will be watching in a little while 🙂

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  2. I love ink! Inks are just so vibrant and luscious!! I just hate that I can not lift them… I use them anyway in hopes of no mistakes!! LOL ( Ya right)

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  3. I can’t wait. I am very confused on the types of ink so this is perfect. I picked up a few along the way of colors I like. The dark vibrant colors, they are inspiring to look at but haven’t played with them yet. I believe I have Liquatex I am from St. Louis Missouri

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  4. Oh my goodness! Look at those ink colors! These would be so much fun to play with! I adore Jane’s style and only wish I could create like she does!

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  5. So far, it’s only been alcohol inks. Im building a she shed/art studio and haven’t been able to art. Would love to try these inks in my new studio.

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  6. I really haven’t used inks, but would love to try. I do have Inktense pencils (mostly on fabric), but I’m sure that is quite different than the liquid inks.

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  7. I love the Windsor and Newton inks…I’m a sucker for packaging and these are just beautiful. Plus, I think I like that they’re not too thick in consistency, so I can use them with my dip pens and the nibs don’t get gooped up. I live in Kentucky. 😊

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  8. A lot of great info. Thank So! My favorite ink is whatever I have access to at the time. This is because I don’t own many different types of ink. But at the moment I would say alcohol inks as I have a few more of those than water based, India, etc. I do enjoy creating with ink as they are so versatile. Thank for the chance to win. I’m a big fan of Jane’s work.

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  9. Hello from Albuquerque, NM! I love the Daler Rowney artist inks in fluorescent and I also have the Dr. Ph Martin’s India inks. I have been wanting to try Jane D’s inks.

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  10. I have Tim Holtz distress inks and I don’t know how to use them! but I always learn great things from you Lindsay, thx so much.

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  11. Have never used inks, but thanks to your inspiration, Lindlsay, I want them now. I’ve been using acrylics and watercolors for quite a while and did your parrot in watercolor. It turned out quite well. What do you suggest for a starter set of inks? I’m in beautiful Florida.

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  12. The ink I love is the High Flow inks by Golden Artist Colors. I love that the colors are fade resistant and are so highly pigmented! Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks are another favorite…I love to use them with fire…the results are beautifully random.
    I am in the gorgeous State of Michigan.

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway! I like to get sample fountain pen inks and use them for drawing and painting. Some have sheen or glitter and change as you add some water. I live in PA. Nancy

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  14. I enjoy working with inks since my husband passing I have been using the inks as watercolour and I find it to be awesome sauce it’s different and every piece is different anyway keep showing us different technique and I will remain teachable l wishing every one luck on the giveaway

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  15. I am watching your video but I can’t ask a question but that is fine anyway I love the use of all the inks and markers you are using it looks awesome sauce I enjoy your techniques and learning more techniques is good so when I create My art it helps a lot .That render paper is different keep it up it’s wonderful and this is the first time that I’m hear about the only over it seems like fun can’t wait

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  16. Wow. That is a lot of Information about different kinds of inks. I do love seeing your ink drawings during October. Do the inktense brand of blocks and pencils count for this Inktober? I would love to see you do a couple drawings/paintings with the blocks and pencils. I have boughten both after watching your videos. I do love them. I so appreciate when you come out with new videos for the stuff I have boughten after you. I think I get a little giddy, thinking, oh my gosh, I can follow along on this one today!

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am in Dallas, Texas. A big thanks to Jane Davenport at the publisher for being so generous!!

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  17. My favorite is alcohol ink. I like doing background them layering more ink on top of them to paint the image I want. They are fun to work with!

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  18. Great information. I have recently started trying alcohol inks. I only have a few Ranger inks so far, but I may try the Piñata too.

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  19. I’m in Nebraska! I just love Dr. Ph. Martin’s radiant concentrated water color and also Derwent Inktense. Jane Davenport’s work is amazing. My daughter and I love her girls. We watch you all the time. We enjoy listening to you and watching your videos. My daughter is 5 and when she hears your voice she comes running to watch your videos with me. You really spark her imagination. It’s awesome!

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  20. I’m honestly not sure what my favorite ink is. I like waterproof inks, but I also like inks that reactivate with water! I just love color!
    I’m in Illinois.

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  21. I love the Zigs. I find they work best on Bristol paper and blend really well. Would LOVE to win Jane’s books! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  22. I don’t have any ink. I have been thinking about getting some microns for ink and wash. They seem to be the most popular. I just watched your decorative corn ink and wash tutorial and would love to try it.

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  23. Wow..those colors are so vibrant… I’m new to the ink world and would love to have those magazines to expand my learning. Inktober…. I love it😍

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  24. I like Piata inks, too, largely because they’re cheaper. Folks at PMP are doing some incredible work in AI. I’m in Maryland, the Eastern Shore. My town (Easton) is considered an art center. We have a large plein arts festival every July! Thanks for the session on inks!

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  25. I was so glad to see all of the notes above…inks are complicated, so I’m super happy to see those notes! I don’t have a favorite ink, although I did not too long ago become enamoured of special effects fountain pen inks as shown on Goulet Inks Youtube channel…but when I tried them I quickly saw that they were not waterproof…fell out of love with them immediately. I have Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Inks set #1, but have yet to get up the courage to try them (I am very messy when I create and have ruined a lot of clothing with staining watercolors). I also ahave an Elegant Writer pen that I keep meaning to try…I love what Carlene ______ does with hers. Sorry, didn’t mean to write a book, haha.

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  26. So happy for the inks tutorial, I learned quite a bit. I’ve had the small set of Ph Martin’s India inks for a few months but haven’t used them much, I’m thinking that Inktober will help me bring them out and use them. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway, good luck to everybody!

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  27. Yay! Excited for this giveaway! I think my favorite ink has to be the fountain pen ink Quink by the Parker pen company. It’s a nice dark gray that turns into 3 separate colors when I spray water on it.

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  28. Hi. I love ink and have several brands, but my favorite is Noodler’s Bulletproof in Lexington Grey. I live in Pennsylvania. Thanks for a chance in the drawing!

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  29. I love inks and have never realized or thought about all the differences between them. Dr PH Martin is a favorite of mine. And who doesn’t love Pitt markers? Also, yes, the xylene markers have a strong smell, but they are amazing and Kay down ink so well. Plus, they stay juicy for years. I love mine.

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  30. I have yet to branch out beyond pens and markers. My allergy to alcohol tends to put a damper on a lot of options. Not that losing my voice from paralyzed vocal cords wouldn’t make some happy, but the pain and the fact muscles contract thus closes up my throat if enough is inhaled tends to not make for happy times.

    I noticed speedball was mentioned as waterproof in the stream. I have yet to find it waterproof so I shall have to keep looking. I really wanted to find an ink to try from a bottle for this inktober, but I don’t seem to be able to do so locally. You would think living in one of the top 4 cities in West Virginia I could get at least a decent art store, but nope, long drives or online. 🙂

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    1. try heat setting your speedball ink and see if that helps. I do that mostly from impatience so that might be why I have good luck with it. If you already have the ink it is worth a shot.

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  31. Can’t wait til inktober.! It gives me a chance to art with my granddaughter who lives far away. I have many inks but get stuck in getting started actually knowing what to do. Thanks for your videos they help a lot!

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  32. These books look very interesting! I haven’t used inks a lot except to color in stamped images. I have used a lot of water based markers Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Write, Staedtler Mars Graphics and Martha Stewart. My first alcohol markers were Bic Mark it’s and some of the Martha Stewart markers. I loved the alcohol markers so I bought some empty Ranger markers and their alcohol inks and made my own markers. Just this year I started using the SU Blends. I do draw and paint so I need to try inks in doing my own drawings. Thanks for all the pointers. I need to order some of the inexpensive markers you have been reviewing.

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  33. I am from Michigan. There are a lot of colors coming out right now! I have some of the Ranger Distress spray inks and have been using them to create beautiful fall trees and mums for some greeting cards! I have Jane’s book, ‘Beautiful Faces’ and some of her face stencils. I adore everything she does! I have her bright watercolor palette as well. You, Lindsay, and Jane Davenport are my inspiration gurus!

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  34. I would love to win these books!! New at inks and journaling and any help I can get would be great!! Thank you Lindsay for all you do. Since I have become disabled I have so many things I can’t do now but you have shown me something else I can do!!

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  35. I love alcohol inks. Ranger is the brand I have but I would like to buy some Pinata inks.Thanks for the giveaway, Lindsay!
    Judi

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  36. My favorites so far are Bombay India Inks. Will be trying some of what you have shown in the video as well. Jane’s may be the first with Michaels so close by.

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  37. Hi Lindsay! I’m very new to all things crafty. I watch your UTUBE (youtube?) vids most. very interesting! I’m trying to decidewhat to try first. I think watercolor painting. you make it look easy. But…. practice practice practice!!!

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  38. Thank you very much for the information and time you share with us. I am learning a lot from you. I love to Jane Davenport products. Thanks for the chance to win such cool prize!!!

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  39. I have always loved Jane Davenport’s work and have tried to learn her techniques. A book would be SO helpful! I’m also looking forward to taking part in Inktober again. Greetings from Minnesota!

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  40. I love Distress Ink Sprays, Dylusions Ink Sprays and Alcohol Ink, but if I had to choose a favorite, I’d probably go with my set of Faber-Castell Big Brush Markers. They’re very versatile. Thank you for chance to win those amazing books! I’m from Michigan. 😀

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  41. Higgins eternal black is the only kind I have used. Also some Rangers but only used those on yupo. Jane’s book would be such a fun treat. Thanks for all your teaching and sharing, Lindsay.

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  42. This was a TERRIFIC overview! Thank you! I appreciate that you show how different tools work with each as well. Really helps me understand why I might want or not want to purchase each one.

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  43. I only have distress and alcohol inks from Ranger so those are my favorites 🙂 I would love to have some of the liquid watecolors that are coming out from several companies. Hello from California.

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  44. I’m so glad I found your videos. I have always wanted to know how to get into paper crafting and watercolors. Now, I’m learning about the different kinds of inks and how to use them. Thanks!

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  45. I think your videos are great! I am just starting to do art journaling so this video will be very helpful for me.

    Thank you for all you share with us!

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  46. I am so interested in listening to your comments on inks. I know nothing about them. Thanks for your videos, they are so full of information.

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  47. I have always been afraid of using inks but after watching your video I am going to try venture out and play with some. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  48. Thanks for the info. The only inks I’ve used are Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks. I don’t know much about them but yesterday I bought Tsukineko all purpose ink at Quilt Fest in Jacksonville, Florida. These can be applied to fabric with shaving gel, spray, mixed with alcohol or dabbed on a stencil. It can also be used on paper. I haven’t tried it yet but it may be my new favorite.

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  49. I prefer alcohol inks but also really like the Bombay India inks too☺ and btw I’m from Dayton, Ohio. Thanks for all your tutorials!

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  50. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge with us 😁. Looking forward to inktober! I just ❤️ sketchbook Sunday & your live shows & pretty much anything you do….so much fun!

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  51. I have some great inks I need to play with more. Also, both of these books are on my Amazon Wish List so winning would be so awesome!! Thanks, Lindsey! Love your channel!

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  52. I have played with alcohol inks on metal washers for necklace. I also have Dr. Ph Martins inks. The intensity is amazing.

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  53. Thank you for the info. I have about ten bottles of ink. Have been trying to get myself to work with them.
    Looking forward to Inktober.

    Don’t me in on the contest,

    Thanks,

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  54. Good afternoon Lindsay l live in Boulder City NV. My favorite ink is tinsel. Great show today would love to win these books of course. Have a great day Jill

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  55. I would love to win this I love Jane Davenport.. But too expensive for me being on a fixed income… But love her stuff the beautiful colors I see everyone uses on u tube… Ok hope I do this right… Janice Turner 321mikel road Hickman Kentucky 42050

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  56. I have never used any of the above inks, that I know of. I would love to play with both waterproof and non-waterproof inks. But, mainly I have always wanted to try calligraphy and Winsor & Newton sounds like fun.

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  57. All I’ve experienced are Inktense pencils, but I’m shopping around for an ink to try. It’s now between Bombay and Liquitex, so I’m about ready to take the plunge! 😉

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  58. Lovely video as usual…very informative and fun! I use Daler Rowney FW acrylic inks…will explore others in the future! Duana from Texas ;-DD

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  59. I love inks! I actually have two favorites here in my state of Mississippi…Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Inks and Amsterdam. 👍

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  60. In middle school, me and my friends would take apart crayloa markers and squeeze the ink out then draw or paint with them! So cheaper stuff/DIY stuff like that tend to be what I float to when I create, mostly for the nostalgia.

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  61. So excited to enter this giveaway! I’ve wanted to read these books for awhile but am broke, so hopefully I’ll win! Thanks Lindsay!

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  62. This was great. I have several acrylic inks but forget to use them. If it’s not in front of me where I can see it, it doesn’t get used. Maybe I need to rearrange my stuff so I can see it. Thanks for all you do. I love your posts/ youtube’s. You are a great teacher.

    Oh, the link to the transfer video doesn’t seem to work.

    I’d love to win the books. Love Jane Davenport but can’t buy anything new, not in the budget.

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  63. Hi Lindsey, I enjoy alcohol ink and acrylic ink. I like to do landscapes and abstract with them. I hadn’t used water based ink but want to.I love your watercolor videos and the videos like this where you show new products or ones I haven’t tried. Thanks!😃

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  64. These are your videos that I love! I have a couple of most of the inks that you reviewed. I have gained a lot of knowledge today from you. And some clever ideas! Going to make me a dry alcohol paint tray. Great to throw in my away art bag! I am crossing my fingers and toes that I win the Whimsical Girls! book! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  65. I just received some empty Jane davenport ink brushes today in the mail. Woo-hoo! Now to choose a color….I love pinks and blues, so probably one of each of these from her line. I have never read one of her books, but would like to! Thanks for the possibility!

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  66. Lindsey,
    Thank you for being my art supplies dictionary :p It seems I refer to your channel a lot for any questions I might have as to what is what. I can’t pick a favorite ink, I like them all they all have their unique advantages. right now I am playing with Janes mermaid markers, I have Doler Rowneys FW fluid acrylics, Speedball seemed to dry up on me before I could really put it to its paces. I have Dr. PH Martins Bombay ink that I do love a lot. Noodlers black bulletproof is great for journaling and not worrying about, as I like to go back in and paint over things sometimes. I love to take my distress ink pads with me on the go ( the mini ink pads) I will rub it on a plastic notebook/ dashboard cover and use my water brush.

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  67. Great video, as always. Love your beginner videos especially. Unless there are rocks! Lol. I would never give up my watercolors now, though challenging at times, I love them. Loved all the ink info today. I do like alcohol inks and have used acrylic inks in several mixed media projects. ALWAYS learn something new on your videos. Thanks for sharing your talents and knowledge with us.

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  68. Hi Lindsey, I’ve only ever used India Ink in a class that I took using water colors. The instructor had us use wooden chop sticks to outline our pictures after we completed the water color. I’ve been really fascinated by them since and really want to try using them more. I appreciate your very comprehensive explanation of brands and types that I had no knowledge of…thanks for the post!

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  69. Great tutorial on inks! I have been a fan of the Pitt markers and Big Brush Pens for years and when I found that I can use India ink on my art journal pages that have been painted with acrylic paint, I was overjoyed! I also love the Jane Davenport inks and am a new found member of the Zig brush pens. I got some of those stinky markers at a thrift store and they are great, too. You have given me so many options to try!

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  70. Not only do I find your information helpful and informative, I also
    appreciate your reasoning and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, I find when
    I haven’t listened to you for awhile, I just simply need to hear your
    cheerful voice and attitude and finds it helps me cheer up too!

    Thanks for all you do and share!! Joyce

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  71. My favorite inks for art and polymer clay are Ranger Alcohol Inks , and my favorite for calligraphy are Dr Martin’s. Thanks for the giveaway love your videos!

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  72. Love love love your vlog and blog always learn so much. Also love Jane Davenport’s line I have some of her products ok a lot of her products. I tend to use watercolors, pen and ink… But I also love mixed media so thanks for the give away opportunity from California.

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  73. I have the Inktense pencils and alcohol inks. I would have to say I love the Inktense pencils. Acrylic inks look interesting too. I have Jane Davenport’s book about faces and love it!

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  74. Good job. HL has had a paper pad… eraseable. Has a shiny surface like the Chrome and Ranger’s. With coupon makes it very affordable. Also Ranger did carry a black… HL has it and some other colors in single sheets that are fun to play with. Oh, HL is Hobby Lobby

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  75. My favorite ink is actually a fountain pen ink. Archive ink by De Atramentis. Second: Henry David Thoreau by; organic Studio. And Third: Byron Bay Mermaid Marker – Jane Davenport color. i also like Clover in the alcohol inks that Tim Holtz has. I would love to win! thanx for the chance!

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  76. Hi. I would love to win one of the books but I don’t have any of the inks yet except for a couple ink pads. So much to learn and you are a wonderful teacher. 👍🏻😁

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  77. Hi Lindsay! I love your videos-am learning so much. Now I see your blog so will be frequenting here too. Thank you so much for everything that you share-and encouragement-you rock!

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  78. Informative and entertaining! Helped me to know how to choose the best ink for a project. I love October for many reasons and now I can add Inktober as one of them.

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  79. Thanks for sharing information on inks. I have a lot of them and I never know how to use them. I have the most fun with alcohol inks.
    Thanks again!

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  80. I love your water color videos, and Jane’s whimsical girls. I look forward to using some of the inks I have but been too intimidated to use. Would love to have a chance to win one of Jane’s books.

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  81. Very informative. I’ve got India ink and a set of W&N acrylic drawing ink, but wasn’t really sure how to use them. One thing I did with the acrylics was a shaving cream marbling technique. Messy but cool.

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  82. I am just starting in the india inks now so I don’t have a favorite yet. Trying to find one that works well with Copics. Thank you so much for all the inspiration that your channel provides. YouTube is my tv. I am in Washington state.

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  83. This is awesome and really enjoyed learning about the different inks. So far I’ve only used India ink but want to try others

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  84. This is really interesting. I like all the info in writing. I love the way you break things down. It helps a lot. I watch you very often and always learn something. Also, I really would love those books.

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  85. I have only tried Alcohol inks by Adirondack. I love working with them and I have just discovered Jan Davenport. I love her faces she does. Thank you for the chance..

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  86. I have some Blick studio, Azure, Spectra and Art Alternative markers. Between the I am getting a good collection of colors.

    I have to laugh. I was typing this up as you saw your 8 legged visitor. I have 2 screens so typing on one screen as I watched you on the other. I stopped everything to look up. I even made sure I didn’t have one near me. LOL!!! I would have screamed louder than you. LOL!!

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  87. I don’t have a favorite ink yet, because I’m fairly new to this. I do have watercolor markers & alcohol markers. I like the watercolor markers better, because they are easier to blend for me.
    I Live in SE Wisconsin.

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  88. This is great information, Lindsay. Thanks for putting it together for us. I also hadn’t realized that Inktober could also mean using markers and other ink based media as well for art-I thought it had to be the pen and ink style of work.

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  89. I looked at the video again because I found it interesting. I’ve never used inks, but now that you’ve shown such a variety, I think I might like to try Inktense. I love the videos that are in real time, no matter how long they are. Thanks for the information. I live in Reno, Nevada.

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  90. Jane fav inks are my fav! I actually have every color except two!! Glad to have watched your video. I really need to learn more about using my Jane inks!!!

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  91. I have not tried the watercolor inks yet, but I have tried the pan, and tube watercolors. I have just started painting with watercolors and I am hooked. I really love watching all your YouTube videos. You make my day, cause you are so happy all the time, and you have a lot of tips and techniques to help me on my new hobby.

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  92. Always love your videos…..so much information and always fun and positive ….hope I win….would be a great treat! Thank you Lindsay!

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  93. I have a bunch of Higgins India Inks, and a whole lot of Winsor and Newton inks that I use with dip pens, but the have shellac in them. I have more Speedball nibs than I can count, as I have been a calligrapher for about 30 years. I also have set 1 of Dr ph Martin Hydrus watercolors, but they are not ink, supposedly. Thanks for the chance to win. I have never drawn people before, and these books make it look like more fun than struggle.

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  94. Thank you again for a great time learning LOTS in Texas. I am just getting started with different media, and I am really enjoying the Arteza brushes. I am very interested in watercoloring over ink.

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  95. I tend to use all kinds of inks for my calligraphy. I do thoroughly enjoy Dr. Martins, though I haven’t tried it for crafting. Hmmm… looks like I have some more playing to do! Yippee!!! I think I picked up a set of Jane Davenport’s brush pens, but haven’t had a chance to play with those as yet. Now I “need” to play with the inks. 😉 I don’t think I’ve heard of Inktober (haven’t had a lot of extra time to explore the internet), so thank you for mentioning it.

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  96. I love your videos! Thank you for all you do! I’m hoping I have the energy despite a stressful month in October at work to participate in Inktober. I loved your overview of the most common types of inks today.

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    1. Oops, forgot to put my favorite ink and where I’m from. I’m from Utah and I’ve really only used water based and alcohol ink (in the form of markers). I’ve used the water based markers a lot more and am way more comfortable with them, so right now they are my favorite.

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  97. Hi Lindsay! Jennifer from Texas. Love your blog, YouTube and Facebook. I was going to send you a post to thank you and let you know how much your videos helped my husband and I through the worst time of our lives. I would really like to win the fabulous figures book but that is not the whole reason I’m writing to you. I don’t normally sign up for giveaways but I am bound and determined to change our luck for the better. Been a tough year so far and we just need something to go right then maybe our bad spell will finally change. So, I have everything crossed, toes, fingers, doggie paws ect… Thanks for everything you do because you have really helped us get through. My husband had a very major surgery (Whipple Surgery, technical name is, ready for it, Pancreaticoduodenectomy.) and has been recovering over the past 4 months. We sit together at our kitchen table and follow your videos. It helps with not only motor skills but relaxation to help with pain management. We can make it through a 30min video now but in the beginning there was a lot of stopping for wound dressings, medications and small meals. The stress was astronomical but we had your videos to look forward to and take our minds to a better place for a bit. My husband and I just wanted to let you know how much you helped us get through. Thank you from the bottom of our paint pans!

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  98. I have and like the alcohol inks – I have some acrylic ink I use for splatters – awesome info on all the inks – want to try the Windsor Newton

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  99. I’ve recently started to use alcohol inks and I’m having fun learning new techniques for them. I live on Guam which is a U.S. territory. I hope I’m still eligible for a chance to win Jane’s books. Thanks!

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  100. Thank you so much for all you do 💜
    I do have some inks but i have been to “afraid” to try them out. Lol it’s so many different types.
    This is very helpful.
    Thank you so so much 💜💐

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  101. I use a fountain pen for writing because it requires less pressure than a ball point pen. I began using them while working full time in an office and it helped me live with the osteoarthritis in my hands. My favorite ink to date is Noodlers. I would love to win these books and explore drawing. I have always wanted to learn to draw, so as a retiree I now have the time. I am living in Arizona.

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  102. I loved the ink tutorial/reviews! I only have a few drawing inks, so I learned so much about what I might buy next and all of the possibilities that go with using ink in art projects. Thank you!

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  103. I really enjoyed your video and blog. My favorite inks to work with so far are the alcohol inks. I’ve been experimenting with them quite a bit. But, I’m also interested in trying the India ink to use under watercolor.

    I live in Ohio.

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  104. I use mostly alcohol and water color inks. I am still learning how to beat use them. Would love to try some of Jane Davenports inks on facial colors. Love, love, love her art books.

    Here crafting in Pennsylvania

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  105. I love to play with watercolors and inks. I have used inks for backgrounds and enjoy the PH Martins. I would love to join the giveaway. Jane Davenport is one of my favorite artists.

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  106. what perfect timing. I was on an online art shop yesterday and couldn’t decide what inks to get. Am really looking forward to Inktober – thank you for all your hard work – I look forward to your videos every day. 😀

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  107. Ohhh! My favorite ink. I haven’t used ink very much so I would have to say alcohol ink. I’ve used it to make card backgrounds and that is fun. Thanks Lindsay for all the great info.

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  108. I loved this tutorial. I haven’t done much with inks. 30+ years ago I did some calligraphy but nothing more recently. I would love to test out any kind of ink, using it in acrylic painting or with water colors. Again, thank you for such an informative tutorial.

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  109. This was pretty informative for me. Do you have any comments about Lindy’s Stamp Gang inks? Where do they fall in this list? Thank you.

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  110. Thanks so much Lindsay, I’ve got some in my supplies I’m about to use during inktober. Ive resently seen Jane Davenport use a kit marker maker from crayola, I’m about to give ago, it seems to make them so versatile with the several delivery systems to use them, cheers for being so informative..

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  111. I have been wanting to try the inks but do not have any yet. I think the Jane Davenport would be great… I love her colors and hope to win so I can try them out.
    As always thank you for your inspiration.
    LisaAnn

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  112. I’d love to be considered in the drawing for the Jane Davenport books! My granddaughter & I could share the books. I just got her interested in Art Journals & painting, etc! Thanks for all your tips & tutorials Lindsay. I look forward to each of your projects you post! 👍

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  113. Such a great video idea! I live in Colorado, and so far my favorite ink is Dr PH Martins but I’ve only played with the black india ink

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  114. I’m from Nebraska and the only inks I really know anything about are alcohol inks. I love to use them but I’ll be anxious to watch so I can learn about them and maybe step out of my box to learn to use others.

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  115. I love hearing that little ping on my phone that says you’ve got a new video out. I really enjoy learning about all the arty things that you do. Thank you for sharing the fun.

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  116. I love my Bombay inks. People complain about the sheen, but I like it, especially with line art! Love the video. Could you do a comparison between the different white inks sometime? Thanks.

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  117. Thank you Lindsay for all the excellent information on inks for all us beginners. I’m definitely saving this post to refer back to!

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  118. Hi Lindsey, I just watched your Ink stream and it was really informative! Thank you, at the end I noticed that the Chartpak marker sample that you wrote on the Yupo paper disappeared, where the alcohol markers the color stayed and pushed away the ink from underneath! It made a cool effect! Chartpak marker are stinky, yuck. Love you videos and your sketch book is beautiful!!!!
    Betzie Fusco

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  119. I personally love alcohol inks! Love using them for jewelry making. I live in california. Thank you for this video! Didnt even know so many types of inks exsisted 🙂

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  120. I’m looking forward to Inktober. Last year I used the prompts and really enjoyed making my own take on them. I used strictly black ink for my drawings and liked them so much I colored them with pencils later. Having colors to draw with would be fun. Thanks for your tutorial and this chance.

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  121. I’m from Arkansas and I love the Dr. PH Martin ink and the PITT pens with India ink, and of course, Spectrum Noir inks are my favorite alcohol ink. I’ve never met an ink I didn’t like!

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  122. I’ve just recently discovered alcohol inks and acquired a few packs of Tim Holtz Adirondak brand. I LOVE using them on yupo paper…so many beautiful colors!! A little less than 1 year ago- at age 48– I discovered I could paint (even though I can’t draw) and I have been going nuts trying all sorts of artsy things: acrylics, watercolors, alcohol inks, wood burning, stenciling, on top of the fact I can already quilt and crochet. I feel the NEED to create something Every.Single.Day. I look forward to the give away. A big thank you from Louisiana for all the helpful tutorials ❤

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  123. I like Noodlers for my fountain pens because it’s economical, but only a few of them are “Bulletproof”. Otherwise I use good old reliable Sakura Micron’s for my watercolor pen and ink paintings. I’m down here in Texas, where its still summer!

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  124. I love all my PH artin inks and my Pitt pens. But I also just love plain old inda ink. and I have loved your videos for a very long time..

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  125. Thank you Lindsay for teaching us about inks. I have some but I haven’t used them very much but now I will try to expand my only horizon. I wanted to especially thank you for all.if your time and efforts in teaching us artist wannabes and beginning crafters. Please continue your wonderful work! 🌝

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  126. I’m a big fan of fountain pen inks and love the glitter inks from J Herbin. They are a nightmare to clean out from your pens but worth it when you see the beautiful results. I’m located in Southampton. United Kingdom

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  127. Thank you Lindsay for a great video on inks. I am just venturing into inks and really have no idea what I am doing. At the present moment I do love the Jane Davenport inks. I love that they come in a glass bottle with a glass dobber and the colors are very vibrant not to mention they smell wonderful. Again, Thank you for the video on the inks and all your other videos too.

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  128. Hi Lindsey, I love the Jane Davenport Inks, and have lots of her art supplies, but I don’t have her books, and would truly enjoy them if I win your giveaway. I enjoy all your videos, follow you on youtube. Thank you for all you do!
    Pam Duffey

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  129. Hello, I’m from Rhode Island. I’m thinking Windsor and Newton would be the one for me. Thanks for the chance to win the books. And also thanks for the info!

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  130. Hello! Thank you for the chance to win such lovely prizes. My favorite Ink so far is Daler & Rowney FW liquid acrylic which i use like ink or my alcohol inks.

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    1. I can’t wait for inktiber it’s my first time participating unfortunately at this time I can not afford the inks or any inks for this great experience my husband and mother passed away and I’m am dealing with the repercussions of the arrangements and financial part of this at this time of my life but I want to see everyone s beautiful art pieces this inktober I know I will have fun looking at everyone s work god bless and thanks again for taking the time to reach out to me god bless

      On Sep 24, 2018 9:31 AM, “The Frugal Crafter Blog” wrote:

      Mary Reppe commented: “Mary Reppe. Wisconsin”

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  131. I have some ranger alcohol inks but I have always wanted to try acrylic inks! Thank you for all of this useful information! I live in Washington and look forward to the giveaway!

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  132. I appreciate how you demystify so many media and techniques . I used bottled ink a little bit when I was in high school, but haven’t touched it since. I use pigment markers and pens plus love those Pitt India ink pens! I want to get some bottled ink and brushes, particularly India ink, so I can have solid, uniform black areas in my drawings.

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  133. My favorite inks would be water soluble inks because I am really into art journaling and memory keeping in my planner. Anything thicker like alcohol inks would bleed thru and ruin most of my pages. Tombows and Jane Davenport mermaid markers being two of my favorite supplies.

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  134. I looove ink comparisons! And gosh, it’s so hard to choose a favorite. Everytime I use Jane Davenport’s mermaid markers, I fall in love again and feel the need to buy them all! (Almost there). <— so those will have to be my fav as I currently only have one of her inkredible inks, but curious how they all smell as well as how they play.

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  135. I purchased Pinata Inks years ago and never knew how to use them (thanks Lindsay) now I do and I love ink so I bought 4 colors Umbrella inks and 2 Distress Oxides. I have to avoid using Tolulene. And I now have a use for the many packs of 3X5 photo papers that come with my Canon ink cartridges. Beautiful results. T Holtz Alcohol blending solution is good to use. VVVVVent,vent,vent.I find that I love distress ink but don’t like oxide,yet. What a joyous way to spend time!

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  136. Thanks, Lindsay, for a very informative overview of inks. Fun and helpful, as usual. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the draw for the lovely Jane Davenport books.

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  137. I bought some acrylic ink but haven’t used it yet as I planned to make mixed media type project. More colors would be super fun!

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  138. My favorite inks are india inks. From Pitt pens to Dr. Ph Martin’s, I can’t get enough of it! I do mixed media journaling, so it’s a lifesaver for me because it’s permanent and doesn’t reactivate. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  139. I like dr. Ph Martin India inks and d- r acrylic inks.They draw and paint beautiful pictures.Thank you for all your information about inks.

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  140. Just ordered some of the Dr Ph Martin Bombay India inks and am VERY keen to participate in Inktober. Really enjoyed this post/video!

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  141. Thank you inks are so intimidating and have many…now I have a little more confidence in attempting to use them…all the best …CA

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  142. Thanks for sharing all this info, Lindsay. I would love to win one of the Jane Davenport books! How awesome would that be?!!

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  143. Twice this summer, I’ve been able to get a nice clearance hall on some inks; both the distress inks and also the brea reese inks. I love learning from your site! I feel like I watch your videos more than I create although I have done a couple of paint alongs with you. You inspired me to finally take the dive to learn how to use water color.

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  144. Hi Lindsay, I have watched a lot of your videos over the years and always learn something new. Love your energy too! Inks have always confused me a bit but this video helped. Thanks

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  145. Just started watercolor myself, and am teaching a homeschool art class for my kiddos! Have always been artistic, would love to win those beautiful books! Thanks for the interesting video about inktober!

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  146. Very informative video! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and experience with these products. I’m looking forward to participating in Inktober again this year.

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  147. I am doing this Inktober for the first time. Excited to try it. This was so timely for me. I bought Bombay ink a year ago and have never used them, so I figure I can use them. And I have Microns so I think I am set.

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  148. I’m just getting into inks so I really needed this information. I’ve started with Bombay ink only because that’s all they have in the stores here. I live in Wilmington, NC.

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  149. Hi, I just bought 4 ink bottles to try with some watercolors for some effects. Not really sure what I’m doing. Hoping maybe you will post something on utube one day showing us?

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