I Do Calligraphy And Would Like To Mix My Own Ink, Looking For A Formula?

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Julii Brainard Profile
Julii Brainard answered
This is actually quite a tricky thing to do, which is why not many artists attempt it.  The ingredients can be hazardous by themselves, and expensive or awkward to buy in the relatively small amounts you'd be needing.  It's more than just mixing stuff together, you have to "cook" it right, too.

You might want to consider a half-way house which is to buy solid ink sticks (sometimes called Chinese ink sticks).  To these you would just add water when needed, and perhaps Arabic gum to alter the texture a bit.

If you're still determined to make your own:

Try to track down this guy, Philip Steer , who has experimented with lots of calligraphy ink recipes already. He concluded that Edward Cocker's recipe performed best, but I haven't found a copy of that on the Internet.

Browse the archives of Cyberscribes on Yahoo; if no recipes there then send a message to the group asking for one.

For generic inks, not specific to calligraphy:

Some modern basic recipes, and cooking tips.

Old writing and drawing ink recipes.

Custom colourful inks, from mixing existing inks together.
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Meg Thomas Profile
Meg Thomas answered

If you are interested in calligraphy, I can give you a couple of tips. For example, I usually use special brush pens for practicing calligraphy. I can give you an article about this. Here is the link https://wowpencils.com/best-brush-pens/. Here is described in detail about these pens and I think that you can buy yourself a couple of these for practice

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