Today I got my pack of Brights Inkadinks from Imagination Crafts in the post, they are a brand new type of water based ink which you can use for watercolouring with or mixing with mica powders.
Imaginations Crafts have a tutorial on their blog on how to use these inks: http://allpinkgirl.blogspot.com/2010/01/inkadinks-tutorial-and-colour-charts.html
They cost £10.99 a set, with free postage and paypal too 🙂 And are available in Brights, Sunset and Vintage sets of 6 little bottles which are about the same size as inkpad re-inkers and they have a lovely fine tipped nozzle so you dont use too much at once. They come with a technique sheet giving you hints and tips on how to use them too.
I bought mine with the sole intention of making them into colourwash sprays as I am starting to run out of the really bright colours. Id never used the Inkadinks before so I didnt know what to expect.
In their instructions they said use 20 drops of ink to make a spray bottle. I found that was far too light for my liking; the ink was more of a pastel shade and I wanted nice and BRIGHT!
I kept adding ink until I got the shade I wanted, I used less than a quarter of ink out of the bottle to get the desired shade I was after, I was really impressed by that because it means I could have 4 bottles of spray ink out of each dinky ink bottle 🙂 Talk about value huh 😉
The inks are very strong and go a long way, I made 2 bottles of each colour, one using a normal ‘straight mix’ and the another using a distressed version by mixing in some walnut ink to get a heritage effect.
Heres all my spray bottles and inks below, as you can see some of my colourwash bottles are nearly empty, thats cos I had fun playing with them 🙂 Do I like em? Yep I do, I love them. I want the other 2 sets now!
Heres the colour chart of the original straight colours I mixed, the inks have been sprayed onto watercolour paper and as you can see they are quite strong shades:
Heres how lovely the inks flow together and blend to make a wash background:
Heres some colourwash backgrounds I created just to test them out 🙂 I used a small 6×6 Crafters Workshop template (swirls design) to create the effect of batik resist fabric on the watercolour paper. I enjoyed making a mess and had nice inky fingers to show for it..