When you live in the province away from dedicated arts supplies store.. you gotta improvise if the material you want is unavailable. In this case, it’s calligraphy ink. I have a coupla small jars of sumi ink but given their non-availability in my immediate vicinity, they seem far too precious to waste on practice and drills. But I need ink to practice anyway, so what do I use?
Good thing I came across this and this while scoring the Internet for solutions to this particular dilemma. It seems making homemade calligraphy ink is easier than I thought. You only need the following:
- poster paint (Pentel, Dong-A, Sakura, etc.)
- clean water
- small pot or jar with lid
- toothpick or plastic stirrer
You obviously don’t need any fancy equipment or anything. In fact, I used a coupla unused plastic specimen sample jars to contain the calligraphy ink.
All you really have to do is put some poster paint in the pot or jar, add water a few drops at a time, and mix with the toothpick or stirrer (or anything similar, really). Just keep adding water and mixing until the mixture acquires a nice, flowing consistency like sumi ink.
Unfortunately, I only have 2 jars so I’m limited to 2 colors right now. One is a mix of Dong-A gold and silver and Pentel sepia, and the other of Colleen purple and white. Still looking for more jars so I can mix more colors to use. Because, you know, the more, merrier. Anywho. Here are some works using my homemade inks:
Because I used cheap poster paint for these, I have no qualms about
wasting using them for daily practice so I could…
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