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Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Inks offer powerful color in a convenient dropper-stopper glass bottle. These highly pigmented India inks not only remain lightfast and permanent, but are also totally waterproof when dry. They adhere to nearly all surfaces and are non-clogging when used in pens.
Inks can be diluted with water and used with brushes in traditional watercolor techniques or in dip pens, technical drawing pens, and airbrushes. All colors are brilliant and transparent, except Black and White, which are opaque and have excellent covering power.
Bombay Pen Cleaner
Remove dried india inks and shellac based inks from technical pens, lettering pens, and brushes. Bombay Pen Cleaner works in just minutes.
Round Set 1
Includes twelve 1 oz dropper bottles of ink in Red, Magenta, Bright Red, Yellow, White, Black, Violet, Blue, Grass Green, Brown, Teal, and Green.
Round Set 2
Includes twelve 1 oz dropper bottles of ink in Golden Yellow, Orange, Tangerine, Crimson, Cherry Red, Red Violet, Aqua, Turquoise, Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, Van Dyke Brown, and Sepia.
Set of 12
Includes 1 oz (30 ml) glass dropper bottles of ink in Yellow, Red, Magenta, Green, Blue, Brown, Violet, White, three bottles of Black, and a bottle of Bombay Pen Cleaner.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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Colors great, don't work well in Koh-I-Nor Pens
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Completely lightfast and versatile
By The Enchanted Gallery
from Portland, OR
I use these like a watercolor paint that is waterproof, so they are really nice for layering colors without disturbing the under layers. You can use them to draw with via dip pen, however they do dry quickly so they can clog your pen's nib. Therefore I prefer using them with a detail paint brush and they dilute well with water for a wide range of softer colors. The colors are amazingly vibrant, so I was genuinely surprised that after a FULL YEAR of lightfast testing each color in a window NONE OF THE COLORS FADED AT ALL. None. These held up better than any of my other professional paints, and blew watercolors out of the water for bright vibrant stable lightfast color. (I've posted various reviews and color charts online if you image search for "Bombay India Ink Lightfast".) My only negative comment is that several of the brown colors such as sepia and yellow ochre have pigment separation that constantly require you to stir the bottle.
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from Calexico, Ca
I love my bombay Inks, they are great, super cover and bright, they are excellent combine with watercolors
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Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Inks are the best!
from North Bend, Oregon
I enjoy using this Ink because the application is smooth, colors are brilliant, they are transparent depending on how much water or other medium is used. I order from Blick because the prices are the best, orders are complete, always packed great and arrive on time. Thank you, Blick.
Great inks. Beautiful colors!
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Great, vibrant colors, but stay away from the browns!
By WI Bookworm
from Okemos, MI
I've been using these inks with my dip pens as well as a substitute for watercolors, and I couldn't be happier! The colors are so vibrant, and the coverage very smooth and even. I also love the satin finish once they dry.A few cons:1) Stay away from the browns, and Yellow Ochre. (They're the reason I took one star away.) I've found that they don't give that nice, even coverage like the other colors (even after a solid stir), and they lack the satin finish I love so much. If you absolutely must get a brown, get the one labeled "Brown" (Sepia, Terra Cotta, and VanDyke are the worst culprits.)2) Being pigment-based, they tend to settle quickly, so you'll need to give them a good stir before using them. If you do buy the browns, some will need to be shaken frequently, sometimes while you're painting, which can get in the way of work flow.3) Despite being advertised as permanent, these don't work with Copic Markers. I was excited to try these out for colored line art, so I drew up a few tests and allowed them to dry for 24 hours. They worked perfectly against watercolors, but the alcohol markers were too much for them.Other notes:1) The white is very opaque, and gives great coverage over other colors and inks, even when diluted. (See photo below for pen tests.)2) The black has a very matte finish compared to other India inks I have used.Overall: A great purchase! You won't be disappointed :)
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Bombay India Inks Tests & Palettes
LOVE this ink!
By Archie the Art Teacher
from Milan, TN
My students and I love this ink. I have tried several brands, and this is our favorite. I am a high school art teacher. My students use this ink in various projects. It has wonderful pigmentation, and the students appreciate the variety of colors.
India ink for black backgrounds
from Roswell, GA
I use India ink to make black backgrounds. This works great and doesn't cause the paper to curl.
from Beverly, MA
I've been creating alot of postcard art with these inks, using 91% alcohol, watercolor papers and ending up with some gorgeous designs which I then embellish with gel inks to make floral designs. The effects of the alcohol on the inks are glorious! The colors are so true and bright. I've never used india inks that dry so beautifully or which produce such amazing colors. These are a MUST HAVE for any artists' supplies!
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Dr. Martin's India Inks w/Alcohol & gel pen
from Tolleson, az
I look forward to using these for watercolor, but I've started out using them in calligraphy and sketching with a dip pen. These have been the best inks I've used yet!My aunt also borrowed some for calligraphy and loved them!
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