Inks & Pigments

Inks and pigments are both used to create colours in art, but they serve different purposes and have distinct properties.

What are Inks?

Inks are liquids or pastes that contain dyes or pigments and are used for drawing, writing, or printing. They typically consist of a colourant, a solvent (such as water or oil), and additives to control flow, thickness, and drying time. Inks are fluid and versatile for detailed work, commonly found in pens, markers, and printmaking tools, and are ideal for fine lines and detailed work due to their fluidity. They can be either transparent or opaque, depending on the type of ink and the colourant used.

What are Pigments?

Pigments are finely ground, coloured powders that are mixed with a binding medium to create durable and vibrant paints, pastels, and other art materials. Unlike dyes, pigments do not dissolve in the medium they are mixed with; instead, the binder holds the pigment particles together and allows them to adhere to a surface. Pigments provide opacity and longevity to artworks, making them essential for creating solid, vibrant colours. Pigments tend to be more permanent and lightfast compared to the dyes, which can fade over time.

Where can you use Inks & Pigments?

Inks are versatile artistic mediums that can be used in various creative applications. Depending on the ink you use, it correlates to a specific purpose and technique. India Inks are traditional inks knows for its deep black colour and waterproof properties making it ideal for drawing, calligraphy, and illustration. Alcohol Inks contains alcohol as a solvent which allows them to dry quickly and create vibrant and translucent colours perfect for painting, mixed media art, and crafting. Acrylic Ink is water-based and dries to a waterproof, permanent finish. It is versatile and can be used for drawing, airbrushing and painting on a variety of surfaces. These are just a few examples of the many types of ink available, each offering unique properties and applications for artists, designers, and printers.

 

Similar to inks, pigments are versatile mediums that can be used in a wide range of artistic and industrial applications. When used for painting, pigments are primary colouring agents to create a vast array of colours and effects on various surfaces. Pigments used for drawing are found in drawing materials such as coloured pencils, pastels, crayons, and chalk to create sketches, illustrations and detailed artwork. Pigments are also commonly used for printing. Pigment-based inks provide vibrant colours, excellent coverage and durability on different surfaces. Other applications for pigments are textiles such as fabric painting, plastics, inks, markers, and ceramics to name a few.

 

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