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sumi ink for gum
On Mon, 27 Mar 2000, Keith Gerling wrote:
> While we're on the subject: the other day you mentioned using Sumi ink. I
> couldn't find the green bottle, so I got what I could, but haven't tried it
> yet. Two questions for you:
> 1. Why the green bottle? What kind of problems should I expect if I can't
> find it?
I was told that the green bottle was the better quality (on this list
incidentally), and found it worked much better than the ordinary brand.. I
think I got it (couple of years ago) from Daniel Smith.
The label is in what I take for Japanese, made in Japan, has a tiny
sticker on it says
Black Sumi ink KF12, 12 ounces, Yasumoto & Co, So San Francisco, CA.
> 2. What should I use as a start. i.e., if I use "x" amount of ivory black,
> what amount of sumi ink?
This I'm sorry I can't begin to guess -- because I do the one by drops &
the other by eye or by weight, or both by eye... Suggest you mix the sumi
with gum arabic, counting drops of each until you get what LOOKS right &
The difference with the vin ordinaire was in covering power. The other was
simply a pale gray. The green is stronger, but I usually also mix with
some black paint -- it's not entirely trouble free, tendency to stain
(which may be why the added paint helps -- makes mix less thin, more
viscous) for instance, but worked better for me than the blacks I'd tried
til then. Next I'm going to try some DS ivory black....
good luck -- & hope you'll let us know..