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.