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Ink dilution

Hello,
I was wondering if someone could help me out with a problem I am having. Regarding "grey washing." I purchased pre-made tones of grey wash and they suck.

I recently had a tattoo done and the artist mixed about six different tones of grey wash from some concentrated solid black ink he uses. He was talking to me so much about his shading technique that I forgot to ask about what he uses to cut his ink.

I read that some people cut their ink with H2o, Glycerin, and alchohol. Where the hell can you find glycerin. Ever since the terrorist attacks, I guess the market stopped making this stuff available.

If you could give me some advice on how to effectively create gradiations of grey ink from solid black I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you very much for your time


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RE: Ink dilution

I set up 5 ink caps 1 with all black 1 with one drop of black ink the second with 2 drops and so on. and i mix it with witch hazel it works golden the ink goes in real smooth
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RE: Ink dilution

I use the same method but using distilled water.There are some inks that come premixed such as the silver back ink i hear is real nice,i've only used it a couple times but not enough for me to give a solid opinion,and eternal ink makes grey washes too that are nice.
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RE: Ink dilution

Thank you very much for your help
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RE: Ink dilution

the silverback set is really nice..definitly worth checking out..it gives me the confidence that i personally wasnt getting when i pre-mixed my own washes..you can also mix them in your colors to get a slightly darker tone of that color..really cool stuff
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