Dr Ph. Martin’s Bombay Inks

Hi ! It’s Angie again, and this time I’m here to talk to you about inks.  We have a great selection of colours from Dr Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Inks here at The Art Shack, so, since this month was Inktober, I decided to write up a quick post to tell you about them!


Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India ink come in a great selection of highly pigmented colours that are both lightfast and permanent. This means that they will last longer and not fade over time. All inks can be diluted with water to achieve lighter and more translucent effects. Colours will stay brilliant, but transparent.

If you are looking to add a bit of shimmer to your drawings, I especially like the iridescent colours! All colours will act the same except for the speciality blacks and the opaque white. 

If you are looking for a really nice black color,  Dr. Ph. Martin’s has two options: Black Star Matte and Black Star Hi Carb. The Black Star Matte will give a nice matte finish that will not reflect light, making it ideal for use on paper, illustration board, and canvas. Secondly, the Black Star Hi Carb will give a gloss finish with high carbon content, making it extra dark. Both inks contain no varnish or shellac. 

There are many ways to use ink, some popular methods include; dip pens, brushes, technical drawing pens, and airbrush. I like going from one method to the other. Working with permanent ink means that once it is dried, you may add watercolour and the ink will not bleed or smudge. This makes for a lot of exciting possibilities. Additionally, ink will adhere to almost any surface.


Detail  of work by Angie Richard

In addition to ink, Dr. Ph. Martin makes a product called Frisket Mask Liquid . Commonly known as frisket, or masking fluid,this latex based liquid allows for protection of the working surface to give additional control when working with different mediums. It is specially designed for watercolour paper but can be used on many different surfaces. Once the Frisket Mask Liquid is dried, and you have covered the area in which you wish not to touch, you may start working on your piece without worrying about getting ink on the area under the layer of frisket. Once you are done, the Frisket Mask Liquid is easily removed by either peeling it off with your finger or with a soft eraser. You can also use a specific eraser called Rubber Cement Pickup that was designed for removing excess rubber cement, masking fluid, or glue.

For the past few weeks I’ve decided to take part in the monthly challenge known as I mentioned earlier called Inktober. The objective : to create something in ink each day , and to share it online! If you would like to see daily submissions of my work , feel free to visit my Instagram page @richarangie

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