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Review | Tsukineko All Purpose Ink

Reported by Amanda Marks

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I was extremely excited when I was asked to review Tsukineko All Purpose Ink. I am a painter and love doing pen & ink and ink washes. It’s always great to try out new inks to see what they can do!

This is how the Tsukineko website describes their All Purpose Ink:

Due to its blendability, washability and versatility, this quick-drying craft ink has become a favorite among fabric artists. And because it’s water-based and non-toxic, All-Purpose Ink is fun for artists of all ages. Use it on wood, paper, leather and other porous surfaces too. All-Purpose Ink must be heat set on fabric for permanence. Heat set between color applications to prevent bleeding. Or layer colors to achieve a blended ‘watercolor’ effect.

Ink Set Up

I wanted to do a monochromatic ink painting of the Savannah riverfront. I was asked to produce a piece of artwork of the riverfront, in hopes of starting a painting or drawing workshop. I felt this project would give me an ample opportunity to see exactly what these inks could do.

Picture 2 River Street
The Savannah Riverfront
Picture 3 Sketch of Riverfront

As a base, I drew the Riverfront with a very light colored pencil onto Canson 140lb Watercolor Paper.

Working with the Truffle, I started with a light ink wash to base items in and gradually worked my way up the gradation scale to a full pigmented ink. I found the ink highly pigmented, and it allowed for a very nice ink wash.

Painting of River Street

As for the picture itself it was given unfinished to a guest of the hotel I am working at. The guest did not care that it wasn’t finished and wanted it anyway. After much persuasion, I gave in and gave it to the guest despite it being unfinished.

Pros:

• Highly pigmented.
• Vibrant color, does not fade even when water is added.
• Not gritty or sandy, something that can happen with inks of this type.
• Works well on watercolor paper and Bristol Board.
• Non-toxic and Acid Free

Cons:

• Container design: I wish there was a dropper. I personally like the dropper because it easier to do washes if you can mix the gradations ahead of time as opposed to mixing them on the palette with the brush.
• Size: I also wish these inks would come in a bigger size. The current size (0.5 fl. oz) in my opinion is more of a sample than a standard ink size for a pen and ink artist.

Tsukineko All Purpose Inks are available in 45 colors and can be purchased at Amazon.com for $8-$9 each.