what mariel used + made: india ink + quote cards

Lately I’ve been into brush calligraphy/watercolor, so I recently invested in a set of colored india inks and thought I’d share my thoughts on it. I’ve included pictures of what the inks look like on their own and in action.

I bought this set from Amazon. It goes for about $32 and comes with 12 colors. The inks themselves are pretty pigmented (especially the darker colors), so a little bit goes a long way. I usually dilute a couple drops of the ink with some water and frequently mix colors to achieve other colors I want.

Also, be forewarned. India ink is very watery and therefore very splatter-prone. These inks are very permanent and not forgiving on clothing/furniture. It takes a couple days to fully wash off skin, so be careful when opening the bottles of ink and handling them. Take the time and space to set up a stable and well-prepared painting area whenever you work with these inks (simply having a couple paper towels and a plastic cup of water on hand makes the biggest difference).

Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink Set

Here are the pure, undiluted colors on white watercolor paper.

all colors on white paper




all colors from an angle

These inks stand pretty well by themselves. Here are some greeting cards I made using hardy watercolor paper and the inks.

Romans 14:19 Card

John Steinbeck quote card

Bonhoeffer quote card

Christopher Robin quote card

MAKE quote card

L.M. Montgomery quote card

E. Hemingway quote card

Science and Imagination card

Oh and after being inspired by the Warriors last night, I slapped this together in honor of the 2015 NBA Champions. GO DUBS!

I hope this was informative and helpful if you were interested in india inks. Please let me know of any questions you might have regarding the inks or the cards.

And as always, have a blessed day/night, y’all.

p.s. a sweet song to listen to, a funny video to watch, and a lovely article to read

{fyi} all photos in this post were taken by an iPhone 4S, edited with the VSCOcam app, and belong to Mariel Kim. to use photos, please contact Mariel Kim for permission.


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