Ok, So i know theres an Ink Discussion thread in the big boys section But i figured the little tikes could use a place to learn where to start. That way we can keep the N00b questions here and keep the discussion one for recipes and actualy discussion.
Also I thought it would be cool to get some pics of what people got goin on as far as their "lab" goes. So ill start it out.
Beginner things you kids will need to get into ink making.
-Alcohol (99% is best)
-Pens or other means of inks
-small glass jars or other air tight containers
-A ventilated room or station where you dont have to worry about staining anything.
-general purpose mixing container
-a test surface, a couple peices of paper will sufice for now
-Empty markers and mops
-Funnel(s) to fill markers and mops
Optional Stuff- Soy sauce, wood stainer, any sort of dyes (leather ect.), paint thinner so on and so forth.
Most importantly, remember even if you dont start out using them, sooner or later you will be handling volatile and some possible cancer causing chemicals that should not be inhaled or contacted for long periods of times. Such as Naptha or ether ect so Be smart!
Finally heres some pics and the contents of the little station i work off of.
Something like this is an excellent starting point.
Above you will also notice i have, calligraphy inks as a color inhancer and a mortor and pestle for grinding pigments into a fine powder. Be creative and experiment, thats what its all about.
***Bleach should never be used in ink making***