Carbon and Iron Gall ink are two of the earliest known inks with recipes deriving from natural plant and animal life. Carbon ink is created from burnt wood or bones, mixed with animal glue. Carbon doesn't fade over time and isn't harmful to the paper, however it might smudge in humid environments, even if it is on an old document. Iron Gall ink is created from iron salts and the oak galls found on many species of oak trees. It goes on blue-black and dries to a brown. Because of its acidity, iron gall ink can damage paper long term. Conservators have different methods of handling the problems each type of ancient ink brings to the field.
Today, fine art ink can be made from many different ingredients, the goal of which is to create a liquid or paste substance with brilliant color, rapid drying, water resistance and permanence. Inks are either pigment or dye based for their color. Pigments are solid, opaque or transparent particles suspended or dispersed in a liquid; whereas, dyes dissolve in the liquid vehicle.
Dynasty offers artists a line of brushes created specifically for ink artists, the IPC line, with several shapes and tufts that are unusual, unique for the medium. The IPC line can be used for application, blending or texturing. However, if you're using inks to color your drawings or scratchboard art or as part of mixed media work, you will likely prefer a soft brush line, like the Faux Kolinsky or the speciality brushes in Black Gold.
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If you're interested in working with ink, choose the type of ink you'd like to try before choosing a brush. Whether the ink is pigment or dye based, shellac or acrylic based will alter the brush you choose. How you decide to apply the ink will also help you find the correct brush.
If you already work in inks and would like to share your art with us, please do so! We always love hearing from our artists.
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.