Reviewing Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Indian Inks, a summary

Inky Mess 3

I have been writing a few posts recently about Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Indian Inks, mainly because I have become captivated by them.

These inks are available as singles or in sets. I bought two sets, each set has 12, 1 oz (28.4 ml) size bottles. This one,  Set 1, has Yellow, Red, Magenta, Green, Blue, Brown, Black, White, Violet, Bright Red, Teal, Grass Green. This one, Set 2, has Golden Yellow, Orange, Tangerine, Crimson, Cherry Red, Red Violet, Aqua, Turquoise, Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, Van Dyke Brown and Sepia.

They are also available as half size bottles but they do not have a dropper like the larger ones.

I think that if I could only get one set it would be Set 1. It has a good range of colours which, with the exception of White and Black, are translucent. The colours in Set 2 are good but I think that I could mix many of the colours using the Set 1 colours. The earth colours in Set 2 are fairly opaque and the Terra Cotta, in particular has a strange consistency. Whilst being opaque is not a fault and might be useful for some people, my reasons for liking these inks is their translucency. The earth colours in Set 2 also have a tendency to separate out on standing and if you don’t give them a regular shake them they will separate permanently and become unusable.

The photograph below shows this effect.

So my advice would be buy Set 1 and play with them to see what they will do. Mixing colours is easy because the bottles have a dropper in the lid, so you can measure out how many drops it takes to get a particular colour and then record that for future use.

 

More playing with Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Indian Ink

Inky Mess 2
Inky Mess 2

Further to my previous post, here is another painting using the fabulous Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Indian Inks.

This time I also used some Neocolor II crayons, which are professional quality, water soluble wax crayons. When the ink is used alongside them they partially dissolve and create some lovely effects.

I am loving the translucent qualities of these inks and will continue playing with them to see what they can do, on their own and in combination with other media.

 

Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Inks

Inky Mess 1
Inky Mess 1 at an angle

Today I thought that I would try out some inks that I have had for a while but not yet had a chance to use, Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Inks. I was getting some gesso out of the cupboard and noticed the inks lurking at the back. So I promptly forgot my original plans and started playing – nothing unusual for me.

These inks use pigments rather than dyes and therefore have better lightfastness. The colours, as you would expect, are mostly vivid and translucent. There are some opaque colours, white and yellow ochre are examples.

You can dilute them with water to create paler colours. I applied them with a brush and also using a dip pen. They are waterproof when dry, which means that you can create many layers without worrying about creating mud.

I also used some recently acquired mica watercolours, Kuretake Starry Colors. As these don’t show up well in a head on photograph, I took a second one at an angle. These paints are very effective and very pretty.

I have a couple more doodles which I will include in my next post, assuming that I don’t get sidetracked..

Yellow, black and white

I am playing with a minimal palette just now which leaves me free to concentrate on just letting go with the mark making which is the first layer of this painting. I have a few ideas in the pipeline but don’t have enough time to get started on them. However, I can’t not do any painting! So this is today’s play. 🙂

Yellow black and white, minimal palette, acrylic on paper.

On another subject, I have been updating some of my blog settings and apologise in advance for any randomly duplicated email newsletters that get generated in the process! Hopefully it won’t happen but I thought it best to warn you!

 

NEOS 2018

Life is very busy just now, which is great! I have lots of new work, some of which I have on display at the fantastic Blue Roof Gallery at Oyne in Aberdeenshire.

“Passing Through”. Acrylic and collaged, acrylic painted papers.
Evolution, Acrylic on paper
“Evolution”. Acrylic on paper
Evolution 4, acrylic on paper
“Evolution 4”. Acrylic on paper.
“It’s No Go the Yogi Man”. Acrylic and collaged, acrylic painted papers.

This week is particularly interesting as many local artists have opened their studios as part of the annual North East Open Studios (NEOS) event. There are so many excellent artists living locally, whose work I want to see, so I shall be trying to visit as many as possible this week.